In one of his first starts on the mound for The Hill School baseball team during the 2014 season, Jack Hogan threw a no-hitter against the then seven-time defending Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Champion, Mercersburg Academy. Over the course of his two seasons at The Hill, Hogan evolved into the team’s top pitcher and established a reputation of turning in his best performances during big games.
The summer after his first year at The Hill, Hogan also threw well for his travel team, Chandler World, and attracted the attention of college coaches. Hogan put in countless hours honing his technique prior to the 2015 season, and his stock remained high after another solid spring. He received interest from Tulane University, The University of Pittsburgh and George Washington University.
On November 11, Hogan was rewarded for his hard work on-and-off the field when he signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Tulane.
“Becoming a Division I baseball player is a dream come true,” Hogan said. “Since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to be a baseball player. Signing a National Letter of Intent is another step to becoming the best baseball player and person I can be.”
Although his parents lived in Pittsburgh for several years, Hogan has lived in Singapore for his entire life; his father, Chris, works in commodities trading and relocated to Singapore for work before Hogan was born. Hogan attended Singapore American School, and although he was happy in Singapore he wanted to come to the United States to pursue college baseball opportunities. He heard of The Hill through Kyushik Nam, a 2013 Hill School graduate and former Hill baseball player with whom Hogan played baseball in middle school. He applied for admission in the fall of 2013.
Hogan was accepted and enrolled at The Hill as a repeat tenth grader. His passion for baseball immediately became clear to the coaching staff and his teammates.
“Jack has a special combination of a blessed arm, deep understanding of the game, and love for the sport that has driven him and will continue to drive him towards realizing his potential,” said Hill head coach Chris Drowne. “Tulane is an amazing University with a wonderful, passionate baseball program that will be a good fit for Jack. He has produced some magical outings for us against MAPL rivals and he will do the same down in New Orleans.”
In his first season at The Hill, Hogan finished with a 4-1 record with a 1.58 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched. He won the Robbins Baseball Trophy as the team’s top pitcher that year.
Hogan needed Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2015.
Although he will not be able to pitch for The Hill in 2016, he will be the team’s designated hitter.
“I feel blessed that the Tulane coaching staff still believes in me enough to offer me a scholarship despite my surgery,” Hogan said.
His participation in several international service trips also contributed to Hogan’s appreciative nature. He has taken part in Caring for Cambodia; the Blue Dragon Foundation, which helps Vietnamese orphans; and the Jakarta Changing Lives program, which assists people living in dilapidated shanties in the Indonesian capital.
“My family instilled the belief in me and my siblings that we are fortunate and should give back,” Hogan said. “It’s an eye-opening experience that is tough to come out of without a better realization of how lucky you are and the importance of giving to the less fortunate.”
Hogan visited Tulane in January of 2015 and gave his verbal commitment shortly after the visit. He chose Tulane for its combination of fulfilling his academic and athletic goals.
“Tulane has a highly ranked baseball program, and I really liked the coaching staff,” Hogan said. “They have a good pre-law program, which is my intended major. Plus, my family is likely going to relocate to Houston, Texas soon, which isn’t too far from New Orleans.”