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Steve Logan (football)

Steve Logan
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1953-02-03) February 3, 1953 (age 61)
Lawton, Oklahoma
Alma mater University of Tulsa
Playing career
1971 Emporia State
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Union High School (assistant)
Oklahoma State (TE)
Hutchinson CC
Tulsa (QB/WR)
Tulsa (OC/QB)
Colorado (RB)
Mississippi State (QB)
East Carolina (RB)
East Carolina (Co-OC/QB)
East Carolina
Berlin Thunder (QB/WR)
Rhein Fire (OC/QB)
Boston College (OC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB)
Head coaching record
Overall 69–58 (college)
8–11 (junior college)
Bowls 2–3
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
KJCCC Coach of the Year (1982)

Steve Logan (born February 3, 1953) is an American football coach. Most recently, he served as the running backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL), a position he held from 2009 to 2011. Logan was the head football coach at East Carolina University from 1992 to 2002, compiling a record of 69–58.

Early life

Logan was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.[1][2] He attended Broken Arrow High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track.[3] Logan was recruited by coach Bud Elliott to play football at Emporia State University, a Division II school in Emporia, Kansas.[4] He played one season as a defensive back for the Hornets before deciding to end his playing career.[5] Logan then transferred to the University of Tulsa, planning to pursue a career in college teaching.[5][6] After graduating in 1975, he was hired as a physical education teacher and assistant football coach at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[5]

Coaching career

Early positions

His first collegiate coaching position was a one-year stint as tight ends coach at Oklahoma State University under head coach Jimmy Johnson.[7] He then spent the next two years as head football coach at Hutchinson Community College, a junior college in Hutchinson, Kansas. In his second year there, Logan was named the Kansas Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 6–4 record.[8] In 1983, he returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for head coach John Cooper.[8] While at Tulsa, he tutored the quarterbacks and wide receivers during his first season before taking the reins as offensive coordinator in 1984.[7] The following year, Logan headed to the University of Colorado where he coached the Buffaloes' running backs and helped to install the wishbone offense.[9] After two seasons on Bill McCartney's staff, he was hired as the quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State University in 1987.[9]

East Carolina University

In 1989, Logan became an assistant coach at East Carolina University. He was team's offensive coordinator under Bill Lewis from 1990–91, working alongside future Boston College Head Coach Jeff Jagodzinski. When Logan succeeded Lewis, Jagodzinski remained on staff for four years before accepting the offensive coordinator position at Boston College. The 1991 Pirate team finished 11–1, reached a top-10 national ranking and defeated NC State in the Peach Bowl.

Logan served as the head coach of East Carolina from 1992–2002. He became the school's all-time winning coach (69–58), and led the Pirates to five bowl games, including the 1994 St. Jude Liberty Bowl, the 1995 St. Jude Liberty Bowl, the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl, the 2000 Bowl, and the 2001 GMAC Bowl. Logan's 1995 team finished with a 9–3 record and a No. 23 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. In 1996, ECU gave the Miami Hurricanes their worst defeat (31–6) in the Orange Bowl in 12 seasons. In 1999, ECU upset #9 Miami at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, after Hurricane Floyd devastated Greenville. For this 9–3 season, which also included victories over West Virginia, South Carolina, and NC State en route to another bowl game. the team won the ESPN Spirit Award. He resigned on December 7, 2002 after a "substandard" 4–8 season. Three of Logan's quarterbacks; Jeff Blake, Marcus Crandell, and David Garrard went on to pro careers.

NFL Europe

After a one year hiatus from coaching, Logan entered the professional ranks in 2004 with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, spending two seasons as the team's quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.[7] During his first season, he helped head coach Rick Lantz lead the Thunder to a 9–1 regular season mark, tying the league record for wins in a season, and a 30–24 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl XII.[10] The following year, Berlin again finished the regular season in first place with a record of 7–3,[11] but fell to the Amsterdam Admirals in World Bowl XIII, 27–21.[12] In 2006, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Rhein Fire. Logan helped Dave Ragone (2004) and Rohan Davey (2005) earn Offensive Player of the Year and All-NFL Europe honors.

Boston College

Logan rejoined former assistant Jeff Jagodzinski as offensive coordinator at Boston College in 2007. He helped develop quarterback Matt Ryan, who would win the ACC Player of the Year, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Manning Award and was named the AP NFL Rookie of the Year.

In January 2009, Jagodzinski got fired after interviewing for the New York Jets head coaching vacancy.[13] Logan was considered a candidate to replace him, and interviewed for the job with Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo.[14] After the school had promoted defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani to the head coaching position, Logan decided to leave the program.[15]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Logan was hired as the running backs coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 11, 2009,[16] reuniting him with Jagodzinski, the team's offensive coordinator. After Jagodzinski's firing in September 2009,[17] Logan remained on the Buccaneers staff. After the Buccaneers 4-12 record in the 2011 season, Raheem Morris and his entire coaching were fired.

Personal life

Logan and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Vince and Nate.[7]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
East Carolina Pirates (Independent) (1992–1996)
1992 East Carolina 5–6
1993 East Carolina 2–9
1994 East Carolina 7–5 L Liberty
1995 East Carolina 9–3 W Liberty 23
1996 East Carolina 8–3
East Carolina Pirates (Conference USA) (1997–2002)
1997 East Carolina 5–6 4–2 3rd
1998 East Carolina 6–5 3–3 4th
1999 East Carolina 9–3 4–2 T–2nd L Mobile Alabama
2000 East Carolina 8–4 5–2 T–2nd W Gallery
2001 East Carolina 6–6 5–2 T–2nd L GMAC
2002 East Carolina 4–8 4–4 T–5th
East Carolina: 69–58 25–15
Total: 69–58
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Junior college

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Hutchinson Blue Dragons (Kansas Jayhawk Conference) (1981–1982)
1981 Hutchinson 2–7 2–6 7th
1982 Hutchinson 6–4 5–3 3rd
Hutchinson: 8–11 [18] 7–9
Total: 8–11


External links

  • College Football Data Warehouse

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