The proverbial saying is "the proof is in the pudding." Well, it's very evident the outstanding job Richard Hogans is performing in the area of strength and conditioning within the Tiger basketball program.
Four years ago, it was a national writer that commented that Antonio Anderson was a "beast" -- and that was a compliment. Prior to the 2007-08 campaign, it was Willie Kemp who caught the eyes of many with his redefined physique.
Last season provided the best piece of evidence on how well Hogans' program works when everyone saw Pierre Henderson-Niles. The senior was 349 pounds during the summer of 2008 and dropped down to around 270 to play in the 2009-10 campaign.
In 2010-11, Hogans got a hold of the freshman class in the early summer when the newcomers arrived on campus for school, and his work in a short period of time is sure to pay dividends for the Tigers during the season.
It's transformation stories like those that has helped attract nationally-recognized recruits like Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. Hogans' strength and conditioning program has also aided in the Tigers' deep postseason runs each March of his six-year tenure.
In his six years with the Tigers, Hogans has been a part of the program that has posted a combined 183-40 record, four-straight sweeps of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles from 2006-09 and six-straight postseason trips, including four NCAA Tournament berths.
From 2006-09, Hogans was on a magical ride that saw Memphis go from November through the month of March Madness. The Tigers won a college basketball four-year record 137 games (137-14 record) from 2006-09 and became the first program in NCAA Division I history to have four-consecutive 30-win seasons (33-4 in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09; 38-2 in 2007-08). The 38 victories in 2007-08 is a college basketball single-season record.
In that four-year span from 2006-09, Memphis advanced to four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights, one Final Four and one NCAA championship game. The Tigers also had four-straight sweeps of the Conference USA regular season and tournament crowns. The Tigers finished each season from 2006-09 ranked in the top-five of the final Associated Press poll and top-10 of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
In his first season working under Josh Pastner, Hogans was a member of the staff that helped guide the Tigers to a 24-10 overall record and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth. It was the 10th-straight season that the Tigers won 20 or more games and earned a postseason tournament bid, both school records. Memphis advanced to the NIT second round, winning a postseason tournament game for the seventh-consecutive year.
The Tigers also posted a 13-3 Conference USA record and finished second in the league's regular season standings. It was the fifth-straight year Memphis won 13 or more conference games.
After the 2009-10 season, sophomore guard Elliot Williams declared for the 2010 NBA Draft and was the 22nd pick of the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers. During Williams' one season with the Tigers, he earned C-USA Newcomer of the Year and All-C-USA first team honors.
In his first season with Memphis in 2004-05, Hogans and the Tigers played into late March. Memphis posted a 22-16 record and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinals.
Hogans recently received his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM PES).