March 11, 2004
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, which presents the Naismith Awards, has named Sonja Hogg the 2004 Naismith Women's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award winner.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, now in its 48th year, established the Naismith Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award in 1982 to honor a coach, a promoter, media person, or someone very close to the game who has greatly impacted it in a positive way. Lifetime achievement, positive influence on the game of basketball, and honorable and exemplary service are also extremely important measures of the award. In 2000, the Atlanta Tipoff Club began annually honoring a Naismith Women's Outstanding Contributor in addition to the male contributor. Margaret Wade, deceased, and former coach at Delta State, received the first Naismith Women's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball in 1993.
For 30 years, Hogg has based her professional career on coaching and promoting women's basketball. A woman of many "firsts", Hogg began the first radio broadcast for women's basketball, as well as the first weekly television show while at Baylor University. She also posted Baylor's first winning season in 13 years in 1997. While teaching Physical Education at Louisiana Tech University, Sonja Hogg began the Louisiana Tech basketball program nicknamed the "Lady Techsters".
While at her alma mater (Louisiana Tech University), Hogg was named Sugar Bowl Coach of the Year (1982) and Louisiana Coach of the Year (1981 & 1982). She coached (5) All-Americans, (4) Academic All-Americans, and (2) 1984 Olympians. Hogg also had the national record for the most victories in one season (40 wins in 1980) and the national record winning streak of 54 consecutive victories. She ended her eleven-year tenure with a 307-55 record and six consecutive Final Four appearances (1978-1984). Hogg achieved a major milestone in women's basketball by winning the last AIAW National Championship (1981) and the first NCAA National Championship (1982).
Hogg's next stop was the University of Texas at Austin (1988-1990). There, she contributed to achieving the nation's highest game attendance resulting in an average of 8,400 at Lady Longhorn basketball games. Hogg worked with television and radio stations in broadcasting Lady Longhorn events. From 1991 to 1993, Hogg served as Vice President for Development for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 1994, Sonja became the women's head coach at Baylor University. She was named Coach of the Year by The Dallas Morning News (1998), the same year the team went to the finals of the WNIT. While at Baylor, Hogg increased attendance from 623 to 3,118 per game and set a single game attendance record of 10,057 in Ferrell Center. With a cumulative coaching record (17 years college, 3 years high school) of 464-163, Sonja now works as a major gift officer with University Development at Baylor.
Sonja Hogg has contributed immensely to women's basketball. Her greater vision for women's basketball became contagious, and the excitement spread. University of Texas Athletics Director Donna Lopiano quoted upon hiring Hogg, "When you think of Sonja Hogg, you have to say she is sensitive to the history of women's athletics. She is the history of women's athletics."