Take Shore Drive to 13 North, cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge and follow signs for the New Jersey Turnpike. Merge onto the Garden State Parkway and take Exit 144. Just six hours and 15 minutes later Dane Hoggard will arrive at his new home for the next four years. Welcome to Seton Hall University, home of the Pirates!
Dane and his family will soon learn this stretch of the Eastern Seaboard when he joins the Class of 2024 as a member of the Seton Hall University Pirates baseball team. Cape Henry’s Varsity Baseball Head Coach Tim Hummel shared, “Dane’s commitment to baseball and his work ethic will allow him to manage the expectations of being a Division I student-athlete.”
As Dane prepares to swap his Cape Henry red for Seton Hall blue, he looks back fondly on the past four years.
“I left Kellam after my freshman year to reclass. I was one of the youngest kids in my class and realized that another four years would better prepare me for college and life afterwards,” shared Dane.
Dane quickly decided the decision to change schools was the right one for him.
“The teachers at Cape Henry really care about each of us, the students care more and even though the work was a lot harder, the community was so welcoming and supportive that it made the transition pretty easy!”
The welcoming community at Cape Henry is among the many things that Dane believes he will miss the most.
“I’ve loved the climate at CHC basketball games. You pack students from Middle School to seniors into the Cape Squad section. It has been so fun!”
Initially, Dane’s college search process started with larger universities but as he settled in at Cape Henry, he realized the smaller environment he found here was a better fit for him. He hoped to remain on the East Coast and after considering University of Notre Dame and University of Arkansas, the opportunity to play at Seton Hall University was one he couldn’t pass up.
“Ultimately, I wanted a smaller school where you know people and professors are like the teachers here.”
Dane loved the feel of the Seton Hall campus and admits that he doesn’t even mind the cold (yet). Before leaving Cape Henry, he would like to win a TCIS Championship and make a return trip to the State Semifinals this spring. He also wants to express his gratitude to faculty like Mrs. Kim Johnson who exemplify what it means to be a caring teacher, even when she didn’t have him in class.
Dane’s parting advice for his younger Dolphin peers, “Learn to make good use of your free time. Time management is the key to being successful and having great opportunities.”
Good luck, Dane! We will miss you.