Notre Dame is built on family and tradition. For Meghan Dohogne (‘10), those two things go hand in hand. Add in some athletic excellence and you have the fourth member of the Dohogne family being inducted into the Notre Dame Athletics Hall of Fame.
“To me, being inducted into the Notre Dame Athletics Hall of Fame feels like a celebration of all of the good things sports provided for my life,” Meghan said. “I learned many life lessons in athletics that have served me as an adult. I have two aunts and an uncle who have all been inducted into the Notre Dame Athletics Hall of Fame. It feels like I’m now part of this legacy and I’m excited to join them.”
It is that tradition that comes to mind when Meghan thinks of her time at ND.
“Stability is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Notre Dame,” she said. “It was a safe place to grow, learn and develop. The traditions are strong and the people are steady.”
Like a few of this year’s honorees, Dohogne was a multi-sport athlete in high school. She said it is the reason she is the person she is today.
“My experience as an athlete was integral to my development as a young woman. I think about the hard work inspired by my teammates every day in practice,” she said. ”I think about how much I admired my coaches and how much their encouragement helped me believe in myself and my abilities. I find myself reflecting on these moments in gratitude because now I recognize how lucky I was to have these experiences.”
Meghan’s youngest brother, Johnny, graduated from Notre Dame this year, but the Dohogne name isn’t close to closing the door on its impact on the school.
Her advice for the next generation of Bulldogs is key.
“Most importantly, I would tell them to eat absolutely everything they can because that high school metabolism is no joke,” she said. “Then I would tell them to enjoy every moment of their time at Notre Dame because it goes by much faster than you think. Be humble, kind and hardworking; the rest will follow.”
Meghan’s days of juggling multiple things are not over as she is currently working on her doctorate degree in history and art history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also teaches American history. Meghan also works for the Kansas City Chiefs as the art collection manager.