Mic'd Up - Assistant Coach Jay Hogue
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Jay Hogue recently completed his fifth season on the Georgia staff having overseen Georgia’s bars lineup during his tenure in Athens. Under Hogue’s direction, Georgia has claimed an individual national champion (Brittany Rogers – 2016) as well as a total of 18 All-America honors from seven different gymnasts.
The 2017 season saw Hogue guide two gymnasts – freshman Rachel Dickson and freshman Rachel Schick – to their first career All-America honors after they earned Second Team distinction at the NCAA Championships. Additionally, sophomore Sydney Snead and senior Lauren Johnson earned All-SEC honors after their bars performances at the SEC Championship in Jacksonville, the second time that Snead was recognized by the conference for her bars work. For Johnson, the Atlanta native received the honor to culminate her first-ever season competing on the apparatus for UGA. The Gymdogs finished the season ranked 13th nationally on bars with a team RQS of 49.230 while boasting a season high of 49.425.
The 2016 season was a banner year for Hogue and the Georgia bars lineup as the Gymdogs claimed a NCAA Individual Champion, Brittany Rogers, on the uneven bars. Rogers spearheaded a group that placed two on the All-SEC team - Rogers and Rachel Schick - and one on the Freshman All-SEC team - Sydney Snead. As a unit, Georgia averaged a 49.188 on bars in 2016.
Under Hogue’s direction, a pair of Georgia gymnasts earned All-America honors on the uneven bars in 2015. Brittany Rogers earned first team honors and placed second at the NCAA Championships, while Chelsea Davis was second team All-America. Rogers also achieved regular season All-America status on bars.
In addition, two Gymdogs placed in the top-four on bars in Georgia’s session at the 2015 SEC Championship. A Georgia gymnast took top honors on the uneven bars in seven meets, and UGA gymnasts had five scores of 9.95 or higher on bars in 2015. The Gymdogs averaged a higher score on bars than on any other event in 2015, and their season-high score on any of the four events came on bars (49.575).
In 2014, Hogue coached Georgia’s bars squad to a No. 1 national ranking for each of the last 10 weeks of the season, and he was named NACGC/W Southeast Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year. Five UGA gymnasts were ranked in the top-25 nationally on bars in 2014, including three in the top-10. Georgia scored an SEC Championship record 49.7 on bars and a 49.6 in the NCAA Regional - UGA’s highest mark in a regional since 1998.
In 2013, Hogue helped direct Georgia’s efforts on vault and bars, where the Gymdogs finished the season ranked eighth and third in the nation, respectively. Under Hogue’s guidance, Georgia gymnasts won a total of 10 All-America honors on vault and bars in 2013. Three different Gymdogs - Brandie Jay, Lindsey Cheek and Chelsea Davis - earned first team honors on vault and competed in the NCAA Individual Event Finals, and four Georgia gymnasts earned All-America honors on bars. Chelsea Davis was a first team All-American on vault and bars, and she spent a majority of the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in the country on bars. Also in 2013, Brittany Rogers shared the SEC title on bars.
Before joining the Georgia staff in the summer of 2012, Hogue served as an assistant coach at the University of Denver for two years.
Hogue primarily coached the Pioneers’ vault and bars squads, and was named the 2012 North Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year. Under his direction, Denver gymnastics earned a total of eight WAC event specialist of the week honors on vault and bars in 2012. Hogue’s vault squad tied the school record with a 49.425 against Air Force.
Denver’s Moriah Martin was named the North Central Region Gymnast of the Year, in large part due to her success on vault. Under Hogue’s watch, she finished ranked in the top-10 nationally on the event.
In Hogue’s first season at Denver, the Pioneers knocked off Arkansas, Nebraska and Ohio State, and were ranked No. 2 in the North Central Region.
A professional member of USA Gymnastics for 25 years, Hogue spent most of his career at Orlando Metro Gymnastics, where he helped develop optional gymnasts and coached at the U.S. Classics and Junior Olympic National Championships. Prior to his time at Denver, Hogue coached for three years at Broadway Gymnastics in Oviedo, Fla.
Hogue graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in engineering and physics with a minor in mathematics, and earned his associate of arts degree from Valencia Community College in 1993. A native of Orlando, Fla., Hogue and his wife Lisa have two sons, Pierce and Colin.