SOMERS, N.Y. Kennedy Catholic field hockey and softball coach Pat Hogan has spent the last 15 years of her life teaching young women on the field.
But next season, she will move from the sidelines to the stands to watch her youngest daughter, Ailish, who will play softball for Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. next season. Ailish is the fourth and final of Hogans daughters to attend Kennedy Catholic.
Hogan started coaching when her first daughter went to Kennedy and knew this day was coming for quite some time.
I said, When my last ones done, so am I, Hogan said.
Hogan will soon spend many of her weekends driving the two hours or so to Easton to watch her daughter play. That commitment spurred her decision to retire.
I figured if I cant give all my time to the high school sports, thats not right, Hogan said. Thats not fair to the girls.
Hogan has coached field hockey at Kennedy for 15 years and softball for six years. Before that, she coached Little League and CYO Basketball. Most recently, she led the Gaels to the Section 1 Class B softball semifinals at Valhalla High School. The Vikings defeated Kennedy, 6-3, to end the Gaels season.
The Brewster native said that last game was very stressful but added that it was good to know that we lost to the team that won the section.
The continual stresses of preparing for games and sometimes losing would have bothered Hogan years ago. She said she found everything to be stressful when she started her career, but times change.
Girls are funny. Theyll skip away from a loss, Hogan said. Over the years I got used to that. These last years, I dont really get stressed out with the games and all that stuff.
Hogan said she will miss her players most when she retires. The juniors on her team were disappointed that she will not return because they wanted her to be there for their senior season. But Hogan could no longer fulfill the six day per week, several hours per day commitment of coaching the teams, so she elected not to return.
I just feel like Id be cheating them, Hogan said.
Kennedy recently hired a new athletic director and has yet to decide who will be Hogans replacement. Hogan said she has not ruled out returning to coaching and plans to dabble in it here and there in the coming years.
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