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Physical Education, Sport, & Human Performance

Physical Education, Sport, & Human Performance

Distinguished Alumni 2001

Frances Burns Hogan

Frances Burns Hogan, a 1943 graduate of Winthrop, participated on all sports teams as a student. As a result of her active sports participation, she was inducted as a member of the “W” Club. She was selected by the Athletic Association as one of the best all-round seniors for her leadership in the sports arena and in other campus activities. She served as president of Sigma Gamma Nu, president of the Secondary Education Club, and was a member of the Student Senate. She was inducted into Senior Order.

After graduation, Frances became an instructor at Winthrop for a year until she left to complete a master’s degree at the University of Iowa. She joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent her career there until her retirement in 1985. She combined physical education teaching with coaching and coached basketball, field hockey, and tennis – her first love! Later she became the first coordinator of women’s intercollegiate sports at UNC and, finally, Associate Athletic Director. Her tennis teams were consistently ranked nationally and she was a pioneer in the development of competitive tennis for women in the state of North Carolina. In addition to coaching and directing tournaments, she was a championship player, winning many singles and doubles titles.

Her numerous honors include induction into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and the Sumter South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. She has held leadership positions in AIAW, North Carolina AIAW, and NCAA and was a nationally rated official in field hockey, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. The North Carolina AIAW tennis trophy was named in her honor in recognition of her contributions to the development of that sport. She received an Honor Award from the North Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance for distinguished service.

Upon her retirement, the Athletic Department presented the Carolina Priceless Gem Award to her. The award recognized her long time service to the athletic program, her contributions to the development of women’s athletics at UNC, her leadership in the development of the women’s tennis program, and her positive influence on the lives of countless students as teacher, coach, administrator, and friend