After four years with the Waurika Eagles, boys’ basketball coach and athletic director Jeremy Hogan is hanging up the whistle to take on a new challenge: principal at Cache Intermediate.

Hogan’s hiring was made official Monday night and he is scheduled to begin July 1. Hogan, who assumed AD duties for the first time this season, said he felt the timing was right to make the move.

“Running athletics at Waurika played a big part in helping me get ready for this new challenge,” he said. “Dealing with a budget, going through the hiring process for coaches and managing workers was a lot of responsibility. It was great experience for me.”

Outside of being ready for a fresh challenge, Hogan said his move to Cache was in the best interest of his family, especially his two children, Heston and Brynlee, who have health issues.

“Having two young kids with health difficulties takes a toll,” Hogan said. “The Cache job will provide greater financial stability and it is closer to the medical options we need for my son (Heston), who starts school soon. Plus, it’s career advancement.”

The rigors of balancing an athletic budget and coaching basketball and girls’ golf can eat up a good chunk of hours throughout the week and Hogan believes the switch will free time to help his wife, Melissa, with their children.

“This decision will benefit my kids, but it will really help my wife,” Hogan said. “Heston is having some developmental issues, so having more time at home will be tremendous.”

After four years with the Eagles, Hogan expressed his joy over what the basketball team accomplished. WHS went 62-35 under Hogan, won two district championships, a regional title, qualified for the area tournament twice and won back-to-back Black Diamond Classic tournaments.

“It’s been fun and we’ve enjoyed some success at Waurika,” Hogan said. “The best part of it, though, was the relationships with the kids. They are the reason you get into it. It’s hard to tell them you aren’t going to be their coach anymore.”

Hogan has had four players sign national letters of intent to play basketball, but Waurika’s golf team holds a special place in his heart.

“I helped start the program two years ago and I hate that I won’t get to see it through,” he said. “It kind of became my baby.”

Over the past four years, Hogan added that through all the rough spots, the Waurika community has always been there to help.

“Waurika is one of the more generous and caring communities I’ve ever been a part of,” Hogan said. “People supported us financially and emotionally and were a tight-knit group. We’ll miss it and now we must start over.”

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