May 12, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Joe Logan '96 became Loyola College's 11th head women's basketball coach, Athletic Director Joe Boylan announced Thursday.
"Joe has a passion and a love for Loyola and brings that same passion and love to basketball," Boylan said. "He reminds me of some young coaches I once knew in Philadelphia who have become very successful [Geno Auriemma & Jimmy Foster]."
"This is truly a homecoming for my wife, Susan and I," Logan said. "I want to say that we are extremely happy to be home and I'm very excited about making this women's basketball program one of the top in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference."
Logan, a 1996 graduate of Loyola, was an assistant with the Greyhound women's basketball team from 1997-2001 under head coaches Patty Coyle and Cindy Anderson-Griffin. During that time, Loyola posted a record of 72-43 while traveling to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals three times.
As an assistant, Logan worked in nearly every area of coaching. He was responsible for recruiting, development of Loyola's forwards, film exchange, scouting, travel, monitoring of academic program, camps and fundraising. During his time as an undergrad, Logan also worked as a manager for the Loyola men's basketball team under Skip Prosser and for the women's squad under Coyle. He traveled with both teams to the NCAA Tournament (1994 with the men and in 1995 with the women).
"No one will do a better job of selling Loyola College to potential recruits and their families than Joe," Prosser said. "He believes strongly in what Loyola stands for. He has high character and high energy and always had a passion about the game of basketball. Loyola had great success under Patty Coyle when I was there, Joe can certainly emulate that level of success."
"I think Loyola College made a great hire today in Joe Logan," Coyle said. "He not only understands the game and understands people but also has a passion for Loyola College that will serve him well as he begins his career as a head coach. I'm ecstatic for him."
Logan left Loyola in 2001 to be a part of Griffin's staff at Saint Joseph's University. There he has helped the Hawks to an overall record of 72-53. While at St. Joe's, the Hawks earned an Atlantic 10 Eastern Conference titles, Atlantic 10 Finalist appearances and three trips to the WNIT with second round appearances in 2002 and 2003 and an Elite Eight spot in 2004. At Saint Joe's, Logan also worked on recruiting, development of the Hawks forwards, scouting, fundraising and monitoring the academic progress of student athletes.
"I can't say enough about Joe," Griffin said. "This is a great choice for Loyola. He was successful there as a student and a coach. He brings a wealth of experience to the program. Joe only knows one way and that's to win, to lead Loyola's players to win on the court as well as in the classroom."
Logan has also worked with the NBA and WNBA as an advance scout for the New York Liberty in 1999 and an administrative assistant for the Philadelphia 76'ers from 1996-97. He began his coaching career at Division III Centenary College as an assistant coach for the Cyclones men's basketball team from 1996-97.
"When you think of coming home, you think of family," Logan said. "It's been a family of reunion of sorts. You're reminded of what makes Loyola College special, the campus is beautiful, the education is second to none, the dorms are terrific but what makes Loyola College special is the people. And I'm happy to now be a part of that."
"We want to welcome him back and also his beautiful wife Susan," Boylan said. "Together they will be a wonderful team for Loyola women's basketball and Loyola College. It's a wonderful day for our athletic department."
Logan takes over the Greyhound squad that returns 11-of-13 players, including five seniors, from the 2004-05 squad that finished with an overall record of 10-18 and a MAAC record of 9-9 for a sixth place finish.
"Very very important to us this year is our five seniors," Logan said. "We want this year to be very special for them. This is their last chance to win a MAAC championship and go on to the NCAA tournament and that's going to be our focus, we talked about hard work, the commitment, the attention to detail it takes to get there and we've started that process today. I promise you that as we travel and are in the community, at practice or at games, we will represent the college in a first class fashion and when we step on the court we will play hard smart and aggressive basketball."