From Brockport to the NFL: The Journey of an Up-and-Coming Brockport Alum
Jordan Hogan ’13 recently joined the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals as an assistant quarterback’s coach.
Jordan Hogan ’13 Playing & Coaching Timeline
Football Student-Athlete SUNY Brockport
- All-League Wide Receiver
- 108 career catches, 1,546 receiving yards
- Preseason All-American as senior captain
- Graduated from Brockport with a degree in Communication and Media Studies in 2013
Assistant Coach, Buffalo State
- Helped Buffalo State to a 25-17 record
- Two ECAC Bowl Game appearances
- 2014 ECAC Southwest Bowl Champions
NFL Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Buffalo Bills
Assistant Coach, Cornell University
- Worked with record-setting pass-catchers and NFL stars
NFL Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Indianapolis Colts
NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy
NFL Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Baltimore Ravens
NFL Bill Bidwell Coaching Fellowship, Arizona Cardinals
- Assists with coaching quarterbacks, including 2019 No. 1 draft pick Kyler Murray, under head coach Kliff Kingsbury
SUNY Brockport football alum Jordan Hogan ’13 is in the midst of his greatest coaching opportunity yet.
This summer, the former all-league receiver for the green and gold earned a coaching position with the National Football League’s (NFL) Arizona Cardinals under a coaching fellowship named after late Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill.
“With everything that’s going on with the Black Lives Matter movement in our country, I cannot understate how important this position is to me,” said Hogan. “There’s a big movement in the NFL to diversify the coaching staffs, and the Cardinals have been at the forefront of this. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity at such a young age.”
Arizona created the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship prior to the 2015 season with the intent of diversifying the Cardinals coaching staff. Hogan is the fourth participant, following in the footsteps of Levon Kirkland (2015-16), Terry Allen (2017-18), and Don Shumpert (2019).
“People know why I’m here, and I’m being touted as one of the next up-and-coming young coaches in the profession. It’s a lot of pressure, but I’m honored to be here,” said Hogan. “I’ve had an interview with the owner, and this position is a really big deal to him. They don’t give it out to just anyone. Now I have to make sure they made the right choice.”
Hogan’s Rise to the NFL
Since his successful playing days on Bob Boozer Field at Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium, Hogan has continued to rise in the coaching ranks. Beginning with a three-year stint at Buffalo State College following his Brockport graduation, he moved on to an assistant coaching position at Division I Cornell University, where he spent three seasons with the Big Red. He also gained experience from three summer coaching fellowships with NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills (2016), the Indianapolis Colts (2017), and the Baltimore Ravens (2019).
Hogan attributes many of his recent accomplishments to the values that were instilled in him by Brockport football Head Coach Jason Mangone.
“He’s a fiery guy, and he’s going to get everything out of you. He pushed me. He got after me plenty of times, but I always knew he had my best interest in mind,” said Hogan. “He helped me to become almost perfect at my position. He taught me to never make the same mistake twice, and that is a quality I still strive for every day I step on the field as a young coach.”
Proud Brockport Alum
Hogan, who graduated from Brockport with a degree in communication and media studies, was a standout for the maturing Golden Eagle football program and finished his career in 2012 ranked fifth all-time with 1,546 receiving yards.
As a senior captain, Hogan helped guide the Golden Eagles to a 6-4 overall record. Mangone was in his final season as the offensive coordinator at Brockport before taking over the reins of the program in 2013. Since Hogan’s trend-setting final season at Brockport, the Golden Eagles have posted a 58-22 overall record.
“I’m a proud alum — I still have Brockport in my Twitter profile,” joked Hogan. “I’m here in the NFL, and people ask me all the time where I went to school. A lot of guys on the staff and the players here in the NFL are from the biggest institutions in the country.”
Hogan is proud to have helped lay the groundwork, alongside his former teammates, for a football program that has propelled itself into national prominence in recent years under the guidance of Mangone. That prominence includes three straight Empire 8 Conference titles and the NCAA Division III Championship Semifinals back in 2017.
“I pretty much follow Brockport football every single day,” said Hogan. “I’m 100 percent locked in.”
Playing the Underdog Role
Hogan, who attended Newfane High School on the outskirts of Buffalo, NY, was not heavily recruited to play college football. But he did catch the eye of Mangone, who saw a young man on film who had great wide receiver qualities: a solid route runner along with above-average length for the position.
“Every time we asked him to do something during the process, he did it right away, and he was a joy to meet in person,” said Mangone, who was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2017. “He came in and embraced the opportunity to play and then ultimately made the most of it with having an all-conference career.”
Hogan quickly made it known that he could live up to his potential within Mangone’s offensive system, and by his sophomore year, he led the team in receiving with 590 yards on 40 catches.
“Jordan’s story so far is an example that you can reach your dreams,” said Mangone. “A lot of kids come with high aspirations, and this is somebody that came from a small town and now is on the biggest stage in football.”
The NFL Grind
Coaching in the NFL appears to be Hogan’s biggest challenge yet. He has to be ready for a phone call or text at any time, knowing his next task could change the course of his entire day. However, he does it with a smile on his face, knowing that these are the types of sacrifices he has to make to elevate himself in the highly competitive NFL coaching environment.
“I’m more of a sponge at this level, taking in as much knowledge as I can from some of the outstanding coaches we have,” said Hogan. “To be able to just be around Kyler Murray and Coach Kliff Kingsbury, I’m already light years ahead of where I was because of these experiences.”
Hogan hopes that his upbeat attitude and willingness to learn will help him to gain experience and create the relationships needed to continue to elevate in the NFL coaching ranks.
“When I have been with these teams, it’s about building relationships, being seen and not heard. As an assistant, I don’t know everything, but I want to impress with my work ethic,” said Hogan. “NFL coaches can put up with a guy who might not know all of the Xs and Os just yet, but if you’re a cancer they won’t have you around.”
A Bright Future Ahead
The last coach who worked in Hogan’s position, Shumpert, was elevated this offseason to an offensive assistant position with the Cardinals. However, despite the successful lineage of the position, Hogan remains grounded.
“One thing about being at the college and NFL level, it’s so much wait and see. You have to be where your feet are at,” said Hogan. “I can’t look too far down the road, because if I do, I might not do a good job here.”
Although Hogan was tight-lipped about his next steps in the coaching progression, he did make it clear that he would like to remain on the offensive side of the ball and work with receivers or quarterbacks.
Whatever those next steps may be, we’ll be certain to follow right along with the former Golden Eagle as he continues to spread the good word of Brockport football on the game’s largest stage.