July 24, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan announced Monday that head women's basketball coach Joe Logan was awarded an extension on his contract after posting 20 wins in his first season at the helm of the program. Details of the contract extension were not disclosed.
"Joe has done a remarkable job of reestablishing Loyola women's basketball as one of the top teams in the MAAC conference," associate athletic director Teddi Burns said. "He is an excellent motivator, teacher and is committed to providing our student athletes with a positive academic and athletic experience at Loyola. We are looking forward to years of success under Joe's guidance."
In his first season as head coach, Logan led the Greyhounds to a 20-10 record overall and a 13-5 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Loyola's overall season and conference records were the best since the 1998-99 season when the Greyhounds were 21-7 overall and 13-5 in the MAAC. The `Hounds 20 wins tied the second-best win total in Loyola history. Logan and the Greyhounds earned third place in the final conference standings, their best finish since 2001. The Greyhounds advanced to the MAAC Championship game for the first time since 1998 where they faced Marist. Logan's record in his first season made him the winningest first-year head coach in Loyola history, surpassing Anne McCloskey's 18-5 mark in the 1976-77 season.
"I would like to thank the Loyola administration and athletic department, namely Joe Boylan, Teddi Burns and Fr. Brian Linnane, who consistently provide the guidance and support our program needs to reach its potential," Logan said. "This is an exciting time for Loyola women's basketball. Our success this past year is directly attributable to the dedication and hard work of our players and staff. I look forward to building upon the foundation we have started here at Loyola and we will endeavor to strengthen and improve every facet of our program as we look to establish ourselves as a leading program in the MAAC and regionally. While we take pride in our achievements of the last year, we remain focused on the future and creating and sustaining a women's basketball program of which we can all be proud. "
The 2006-07 team returns eight players from last seasons roster, including two starters. The Greyhounds added four newcomers to the squad.