Reunion planned with Tubman football coach

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Huddled in the locker room, young football players from Tubman Junior High School looked to one man for his rousing pregame speeches.

Coach Harvie Hogan’s pep talks inspired memorable wins that weren’t forgotten even as players grew older. Next week, teams coached by Hogan from 1957 to 1967 will gather for a reunion to share their most memorable stories of a coach, a friend and a father-figure.

Former player Sammy O’Banion remembers Tubman’s crushing win versus Langford Junior High School. Some players were sent to the hospital because the Tubman players fought so hard following Hogan’s pep talk.

“Coach Hogan was masterful at touching the hearts of young athletes. He was also very knowledgeable about where most of the athletes from Tubman Junior High School came from,” O’Banion said.

Tubman students were from the Harrisburg and Frog Hollow neighborhoods where mill workers and their families lived. Hogan reminded O’Banion and his teammates that even though the Langford players were from a more affluent area, they were all equal on the football field.

Many players have kept in touch with Hogan, 82, who still lives in Augusta, and planned the reunion to honor him for changing lives on the football field.

“We really had no one to look up to. He was our inspiration and our character builder. He kept a lot of us out of trouble,” said Charlie Beale, a player during the 1962 and 1963 seasons.


What: Reunion for Coach Harvie Hogan

Who: Tubman Junior High School football players from 1957 to 1967

When: May 10, 7 p.m.

Where: T’s Restaurant, 3416 Mike Padgett Highway

Reservations: limited space available; call Charlie Beale at (706) 825-3456

Cost: $10 plus cost of dinner

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griff6035 05/04/12 - 09:46 am
I remember Coach Hogan, He

I remember Coach Hogan, He also taught PE classes and had a Big Impact on me as well. Tubman also drew its Student Athletics from the Pinch Gut [East Augusta] Community.

Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
Harvey Hogan was a great

Harvey Hogan was a great coach, Army Reserve officer, and trusted teaching colleague. He is a great friend.

ARC fan
ARC fan 05/04/12 - 10:57 am
The legend of Tubman football

The legend of Tubman football surfaced one day in Vietnam of all places, when one of the guys on the base found out I was from Augusta. He had played for Greenwood Jr High and said the Tubman guys were the "meanest and toughest" by far of all the schools they played. He complained they would bite during pile-ups, etc - he apparently was a "sissy".

Did Coach Hogan teach Sammy (Myrtle Beach Music Hall of Fame) to sing as well?

It's a shame Coach Hogan never got the head coach job at ARC - he sent many players up to Coach Inman, Fulcher, etc

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