Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/2/22
From Press Release
Director of Athletics David Babb and the Cairn University Athletic department are thrilled to appoint Stephen Hogan as the next Head Coach of the Cairn University men’s lacrosse program, entering its third year of competition in 2023. Hogan replaces Vincent Culpepper, the inaugural Head Coach for the Cairn men’s lacrosse program, who departed over the summer to become the Director of Lacrosse Operations at the University of North Carolina.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be named head coach of the Cairn University Men’s Lacrosse team.” remarked Hogan on his appointment. “Excited doesn’t hold enough power to describe the opportunity I have here at Cairn. This program is in an amazing state of growth, the foundation was laid out and now it’s our time to continually build this program into something really special. Cairn University isn’t just another university, it’s a place where students can come together and grow academically, athletically, and spiritually.
“I want to keep building this program up, and by using my playing and coaching experience, I hope to bring the best out of all the players, not only as strong lacrosse players, but also as men of Christ. I can’t wait to see what the future holds, and I am honored to be a part of this program. Go Highlanders!”
A native of Doylestown, Hogan grew up playing youth lacrosse for Central Bucks (CBAA) ad played high school lacrosse locally at Central Bucks West, where he was a four-year varsity letter winner, a team captain and a first team Suburban One League All-Conference goalie.
Hogan continued his lacrosse career and education at NCAA Division II institution Chestnut Hill College. At Chestnut Hill, Hogan collected multiple CCAC Goalie of the Week selections. More importantly, off the field, Hogan was able to start and continually run a Bible Study focused on student athletes and what it looked like to play for the glory of God.
In 2020, Hogan was humbled to receive the national award, The Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes who help their teams achieve success in ways that may not be measured in goals, saves or ground balls. This honor places value on kindness and generosity, characteristics that are often undervalued in the competitively charged environment of college lacrosse.
Post-graduation, Hogan served as an assistant coach at Pennridge High School for two years, where he focused primarily on defense and goalies. Hogan has been coaching travel lacrosse for Bucks Select Lacrosse Club since 2016 and had the privilege to work with players of all ages. This past season, Hogan was the defensive coordinator for Cairn University Men’s Lacrosse and was able to help the team find success on and off the field.
“We are excited and thankful to have Coach Hogan lead our Men’s Lacrosse team.” added Cairn University Director of Athletics, David Babb. “What we learned during our search is that Coach Hogan believes in the values that are important to us at Cairn University. His experience working with and helping build our Men’s Lacrosse program have been extremely valuable, and we are looking forward to having him serve as Head Coach.”
Hogan inherits a team in its third year of collegiate competition that made significant strides last year. The Highlanders won their first game in program history and finished the season with three victories. Cairn rounded out the 2022 campaign by winning their final two games of the season.