Hogan seeks new opportunities at Wofford

Published 9:55 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2019

After spending her first couple of seasons in Arkansas, former Nansemond-Suffolk Academy standout Kelly Hogan is looking forward to new opportunities at Wofford University.

As a junior this season, Hogan will be in a different college uniform. For her first two years, she spent time at the University of Arkansas—Little Rock on the women’s soccer team. She decided it was best for her to move on athletically and academically, so she transferred to Wofford. Even though she transferred from one NCAA Division I school to another, she won’t have to sit out a season.

With her freshman and sophomore seasons combined, she appeared in five games as a goalkeeper, helping the team win a conference championship in 2018. With all hands on deck as a junior at Wofford, she is excited about the team she is joining.

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“I had the opportunity to improve my situation academically and athletically,” Hogan said. “I enjoyed my time in Arkansas and met many wonderful people, but this is an incredible opportunity for me at Wofford.”

After deciding on transferring and reopening her recruitment, Hogan could have gone anywhere. She met with Wofford women’s soccer coach Emily Grant when she visited in March and described her positive outlook as infectious. After meeting with players off the field and talking with chemistry advisors on campus, Hogan felt like Wofford was the right place for her. With Wofford being in South Carolina, it is only six hours away, compared to the 17 hours she was away in Arkansas.

“I’m excited that Wofford is closer,” Hogan said. “This way, my parents could attend a couple of games, or I could go see my brother play soccer during his senior year at NSA.”

Hogan is looking forward to competing for the starting goalkeeper position. She feels like the opportunity is there, and all she has to do is go out and win it. The season starts Aug. 15 for Wofford. During the 2018 season, they went 5-13-1 and will be looking to improve upon that.

At NSA, Hogan was a standout on the soccer field and the basketball court. She was an All-Conference soccer player and was also an All-Conference and All-State basketball player.