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Franklin's new coach pushes boys to quick start

Sabers hoops alum Hogan believes in 'organized chaos'

Dec. 16, 2009

Franklin — Tim Hogan used to wear the number double zero on his uniform while he was on the basketball court at Franklin. Today he wears a shirt and tie.

Fifteen years after playing basketball for the Franklin Sabers, Hogan is in his first year as varsity coach at his old school.

Entering this week, he has the Sabers (3-1 overall, 1-0 conference) on a two-game winning streak after knocking off visiting Muskego, 54-38, on Friday. His early success may be attributed to his coaching style.

"I love playing up-tempo basketball, pushing the ball in transition, things like that," Hogan said. "I like to mix up defenses and give opponents different looks at all different times during the game.

"We like to call our system 'organized chaos' because we are changing things up so much and moving around so much on offense."

Muskego's Andy Capes, another first-year coach, and his Warriors didn't have much success against the Sabers' chaos Friday. Franklin was able to move the ball fast and confuse Muskego's defense, leading to some wide open 3-point shots for junior Matt Krueger, who ended up with five 3s and 15 points.

Franklin' Nick Romanowski added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

"We have a very young team and we just need to get better every game we play," Capes said. "Tim is very professional and he definitely will make his kids better by the end of the season."

Hogan jumped at the opportunity to become Franklin junior varsity coach nine years ago in hopes of one day being in the position he is in today.

"It's really special to be coaching here at my alma mater," Hogan said. "I see a lot of the same teachers in the classrooms that I remember when I was a student here. I love it here, and because I am familiar with this place it makes it a lot more comfortable to coach. I want to be coaching with Franklin as long as we can be successful."

Hogan teaches sixth-graders at Robinwood Elementary and believes there are major similarities between teaching and coaching.

"Motivating and encouraging kids to do well in the classroom is the same as it is on a basketball court, and I love trying to motivate and encourage kids whether it is on the court or in the classroom," he said.

Even though he is a first-year coach, Hogan wants his team playing at a high level. If he can get his team to have better patience on offense and if he can keep his players motivated, Hogan believes Franklin should be able to play against anyone in the Southeast Conference.

His short-term goal is to be competitive in every league game. Eventually, he wants the Sabers to be considered one of the top teams in the SEC.

"This conference will be very tough with Racine Park, Racine Case and Tremper, but we have pretty high expectations," he said.

"I think we can end up as one of the top teams in our conference."

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SCORE: Franklin 59, South Milwaukee 54

HIGHLIGHTS: Franklin's Macon Plewa scored a season-high 15 points. Matt Krueger and Nick Romanowski scored 12 each, all of Krueger's coming from the 3-point arc. Brett Ksobiech chipped in 10.

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