Seton Hill remembers Fogle’s ‘true passion’
Seton Hill is mourning the loss of a man who gave four decades worth of commitment to the university and Griffins athletics.
John Fogle, a former women’s soccer coach and athletic director on “The Hill,” died Tuesday.
Fogle was a member of the school’s inaugural hall of fame class in 2006.
“Coach Fogle had true passion for Seton Hill and cared deeply for the athletes that he coached,” Seton Hill executive director for athletic programs Chris Snyder said in a news release. “His sense of humor and care-free approach to life and athletics is something that I will always remember.”
— SHU VOLLEYBALL (@SHUvball) March 20, 2019
Very sad day with the passing of former @setonhill athletic director & coach John Fogle. He was a mentor, a leader & a dear friend. The opportunity he gave me 16 years ago changed my life forever. Thank U John for all the lives you positively impacted on & off the Hill. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/POMvUa1gNc
— Marc Marizzaldi (@MazOneNine) March 20, 2019
— Seton Hill W Soccer (@SetonHillWSR) March 20, 2019
Served as an assistant coach and longtime mentor for our women’s basketball program over all the years. https://t.co/LvADfstYkC
— Seton Hill WBB (@SetonHillWBB) March 20, 2019
It’s with a heavy heart that we celebrate the life of our departed John Fogle. He was a friend, mentor and leader of @setonhill athletics for many years. He will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you John, for always being there! #”GoodLuck”
— SHU Soccer (@SHUGriffSoccer) March 20, 2019
Fogle announced his retirement in 2015. He made a significant impact on athletics at Seton Hill long before it became a co-educational school in 2002. Before that, it was an all-women’s college.
Hired as an activities director in 1972, Fogle helped shape several athletic programs and the facilitated school’s move to the NAIA in the late 1970s. He founded the women’s soccer program in 1987.
The team won four consecutive NAIA district titles, and he won NAIA Regional Coach of the Year in 1991.
Fogle also coached softball and volleyball and taught on campus.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .