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Carroll Assistant Jim Hogan Named NAIA Asst. Coach of Year

Helena, MT - We know of good of a head coach Mike Van Diest is. But, his assistants are pretty darn talented as well, and they have awards to prove it.

The American Football Coaches Association has named Saints Offensive Line and Strength and Condition Coach Jim Hogan the NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year. Hogan is in his 15th year with the Saints football program and has coached has coached five All-American offensive linemen and numerous All-Conference players. Hogan says Van Diest was the one who helped direct him into the profession in the first place.

"Well it started at a young age. I was getting ready to graduate from the University of Montana. He said Jim I tell you what, if you stay in the coaching profession you'll do a great job working with young men in this profession and help give them guidance and things like that. So it really got me thinking like hey this is something that I should pursue," Hogan recalls.

And it turns out Van Diest was correct. Hogan's players love playing for him.

"Coach Hogan is awesome," says Saints running back Dustin Rinker. "He's a great man and we all look up to him a lot. He works harder than anybody else I know. He definitely puts in the time and he definitely deserves that. He's one of the major parts why our offense works so well"

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