Robert L. Hogsett (January 29, 1941 – December 5, 1984) was an American professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiately for the Tennessee Volunteers and went undrafted in the 1966 NBA draft. Hogsett played professionally for parts of two seasons for the Lansing Capitals of the North American Basketball League (NABL), the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Pittsburgh Pipers of the American Basketball Association (ABA).[1] Hogsett served as the head coach of the Francis Marion Patriots men's basketball team from 1970 to 1973 and amassed a 10–56 record.[2]

Bob Hogsett
Personal information
Born(1941-01-29)January 29, 1941
DiedDecember 5, 1984(1984-12-05) (aged 43)
Blacksburg, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolHolston Valley
(Holston Valley, Tennessee)
CollegeTennessee (1963–1966)
NBA draft1966 / Undrafted
Playing career1966–1967
PositionPower forward
Number20, 12
Coaching career1970–1973
Career history
As player:
1966–1967Lansing Capitals
1967Detroit Pistons
1967Pittsburgh Pipers
As coach:
1970–1973Francis Marion
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In 1983, Hogsett was hired by Virginia Tech to work as an administrator at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where he was responsible for non-clinical hospital operations.[3] On December 5, 1984, Hogsett was confronted by Virginia Tech carpenter Louis Dowdy outside the veterinary school administration building.[3] Dowdy fired one shot into Hogsett's chest before he turned the gun on himself.[3] Hogsett was taken to the Montgomery County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.[3]


  1. ^ "ABA Players-Bob Hogsett". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Francis Marion University Men's Basketball 2011–12 Media Guide". Issuu. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tech administrator killed at school". The Breeze. December 6, 1984. p. 26. Retrieved May 3, 2020.

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