July 12, 2024

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In 2024–2025, Amy Hogue will begin her 18th season as head coach at her alma university. This will be her 27th season as a member of the Utah Softball program. Hogue, who became Utah’s all-time winningest head coach in 2022 and was elected into the Utah Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020, had a profound effect on the program during his tenure as a student-athlete (1991–1994), assistant coach (1996–99), and head coach (2008–present). Hogue has led the Utes to victory in 17 of their 2023 campaigns. In 22 years as a collegiate head coach, he has a career record of 672-497-1.

Softball: Amy Hogue: From Player to Coach - The Daily Utah Chronicle

Hogue, the 2015 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, led the Utes to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 2015-2017, including back-to-back Super Regionals for the first time in program history (2016, 2017).

In 2023, Hogue guided Utah to one of the best seasons in program history and it included the program’s first trip to the Women’s College World Series since 1994. The Utes earned the first-ever Pac-12 Tournament Championship and the squad’s 42 victories matched the fourth-highest total in school history. Their .724 win percentage goes down as the Utes’ third-best. They followed that up by garnering another NCAA Tournament selection in 2024.

In 2024, Hogue’s Utes piled up 35 wins, the fifth time in her career she’s guided the Utes to at least that many victories. Eight of those triumphs came at the expense of ranked foes, including a sweep of No. 9 Washington to close the regular season and victories over No. 22 Oregon and No. 8 Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament. Utah also defended its home turf to the tune of a 13-5 record, which includes a six-game home streak to finish off their slate in Salt Lake City.

Seven Utes earned All-Pac-12 honors, nearly matching the program-high of eight set in 2023, and three of those honorees, Haley Denning, Mariah Lopez and Abby Dayton, landed on the first-team. Kaylah Nelsen and Aliya Belarde were second-team picks and Shonty Passi and Reese Lee were chosen for the all-freshman squad. Denning, Lopez and Dayton also collected NFCA All-Pacific First-Team spots, marking the first time the Utes have ever had three first-team all-region players. Dayton then capped off a season in which she also won the Pac-12 Batting Title by being named an NFCA Third-Team All-American.

The team’s list of accomplishments also includes winning a super regional series for the first time ever, setting new program high with eight all-conference and all-region picks, piling up a Utah-best 15 wins in Pac-12 play and sweeping a series from a team ranked inside the top five for the first time ever. On the stat sheet, the Utes raised their batting average by nearly 40 points compared to their mark in 2022, dropped their team ERA from 3.62 to 2.86, decreased their opponent’s batting average from .269 to .238, broke the program record for stolen bases in a season and finished 15th in the nation in scoring.

Utah’s softball commander-in-chief also added two more milestones to her collection during the year, snagging her 400th victory as the program’s head coach on Feb. 10th win a victory over Northern Colorado and pushing her career total to 600 two days later when the Utes defeated UC San Diego.

Hogue’s 15th season as head coach saw the Utes increase their win total by five compared to the 2021 campaign and the squad’s 2022 win total of 27 included a series win over No. 9 Washington during the penultimate weekend of the regular season. On February 13, 2022, Hogue became the winningest head coach in the history of Utah softball collecting the 373rd victory of her career when the Utes defeated California Baptist. Hogue also saw five of her pupils earn All-Pac-12 status, three make the all-region squad and Ellessa Bonstrom earned the title of All-American after a season in which she led the conference in sacrifice flies and ranked in the top-10 in RBI (9th), walks (4th), runs scored (5th), stolen bases (5th) and on-base percentage (6th).

In 2021 the Utes finished 22-33 in an injury-impacted campaign that was highlighted by the most home runs hit by a Utah team (46) since 2012, the most runs (237) since 2017 and ranking second in the Pac-12 in double plays turned (60). Haley Denning earned second-team All-Pac-12 and first-team NFCA All-Pacific Region, while Ellessa Bonstrom earned third-team All-Pac-12 and Halle Morris was named third-team NFCA All-Pacific Region in the utility/pitcher category. Denning led the Pac-12 in hits and stolen bases, and her 31 stolen bases were the most by a Utah player since 2001. Thirteen Utes were named to the Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll.

Hogue guided Utah to a 14-4 record in 2020 and achieved a No. 21 national ranking before the season was cut short just prior to the start of Pac-12 play because of COVID-19 concerns.

A standout performer for the Utes from 1991-1994, Hogue earned second team All-America honors and WAC Player of the Year as a senior. Before becoming Utah’s head coach, Hogue built and mentored Salt Lake Community College’s program from 1999-2004.

Utah Softball Staff Named ATEC/NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the  Year - University of Utah Athletics

Utah finished 2017 at 37-16, its best record since 1997, and had its best mark in Pac-12 play (13-9) since joining the conference in 2012. It also attained the program’s highest NFCA final ranking at No. 14. The Utes ranked 18th nationally in scoring at 5.9 runs per contest and team batting average (.318). Defensively, Utah led the league and ranked second nationally with 32 double plays turned. The Utes were one of seven Pac-12 teams ranked among the top 25 nationally in the RPI, sitting at No. 19, and the five players selected to the first and second Pac-12 all-conference teams in 2017 were the most for Utah since it joined the Pac-12.

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