Volleyball - Girls J.V.
Pat Hogan has been coaching volleyball for more than 30 years. He started coaching as an assistant at San Diego Mesa College (1980-86). During this time the team was Pacific Coast Conference champions twice ('82,'84) and was ranked #1 in state for most of the '84 season. After three years at Division 1 University of San Diego ('87-'89), Pat returned to Mesa College. After assisting his first year back, Pat was appointed Co-Head Coach ('91-'97). During this time Mesa College finished in the top three in conference, was conference champs three times ('92,'94, and '97), and made playoffs every season. (Fourth in state at the Community College State Championships in '94.)
In 1986, Pat started with the Mt. Carmel High School boy's varsity. He was with the program 19 seasons. During this time, the team made playoffs every year, winning three California Interscholastic Federation Division 1 Championships ('96,'03 and '04). He specialized in training the setters in the program, several who earned post-season honors. (All-Palomar League and All-C.I.F.) Also during this time, Pat coached college All-American, indoor Olympian ('96 and '00), and AVP beach player John Hyden.
Pat has also coached at the club level. At San Diego Volleyball Club, He coached with the boy's program ('89-'96). In 1992, his 14-1 team finished 9th at the Long Beach Festival. From '04-'08, Pat worked with Epic Volleyball Club, as a head/assistant coach with the Local girls program, working with all the age groups (6th grade, 7th,8th, and 9th and above) He also worked most of the summer camps for Epic.
Since 2011, Pat has coached at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va. He is currently the J.V. head coach and also assists with the varsity.
Pat graduated from San Diego State with a B.S. in Physical Education (1996).
Bob Abels began volleyball too late to play at the collegiate level but developed the skills to compete at the highest level, playing in a number of beach tournaments in California including at the professional level (Jose Cuervo). Bob, also known as Willy Wonka during his playing days in San Diego, also participated in six man tournaments at the club level (with team Chocolate Factory) competing with and against players who won gold medals for the United States Olympic team.
A 30 year career with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) interfered with any pursuit of a volleyball coaching career but he continued to play, organize and coach a volleyball team from CBP to participate in Police and a combination of Police and Fire Games at the national and international level. Those competitions resulted in a collection of gold, silver and bronze medals won at International events in Melbourne, Australia, Stockholm, Sweden, Calgary, Canada and San Diego, California and Memphis,Tennessee.
Prior to pursuing his career with CBP Bob was an assistant boys volleyball coach for two years at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego (1977/1978). In 2013 he returned to the high school coaching ranks after 30 years in CBP to help coach the Bishop O’Connell girl’s junior varsity high school volleyball team. He enjoyed it so much he was convinced to continue coaching to give back to volleyball what the game gave to him for so many years.