Soon after leading his boys track and field team to success in the Class 1 State track and field meet, Van-Far head coach Blake Logan surprisingly resigned from Van-Far to make a huge jump in his coaching and teaching career.
Logan will now be teaching PE, Health, and Sports Medicine at Jefferson City High School.
In the coaching ranks, he moves from Class 3 football to Class 6 to become a defensive assistant for a program that has won 10 state titles.
Logan will be the defensive front five coach for a program running the 3-4 defense. He will coach both the linebackers and defensive line to work in stunts and blitz packages.
As for track, his exact responsibilities were not lined out at press time but he expects he may be working with sprints and sprints relays.
“I have been studying the playbook daily since I received it at the end of May and feel much more comfortable with the verbiage, but still learning the signals,” he noted. “It was very difficult decision to make as I had built strong bonds with my student-athletes at Van-Far…I feel as if I could have stayed and added to my win total and competed at a high level in both football and track. However, I believe I was finished growing as a coach and needed to gain experience within a large program. Jeff City High has a storied football program being 10(-time) State Champions. Jefferson City is Class 6 (Top-32 size school in state) in football, which will allow me to see the in’s and out’s of how larger programs are operated. This will allow me to become a more well-rounded coach for the time I decide I want to run another program in the future.”
Logan said when he made the decision, he decided to meet with his players first.
“I met with the football boys to explain my situation and let them be aware before they heard it from anyone else,” he said. “I actually told them before I told any of the coaches at Van-Far just so it didn’t leak to them. I really wanted them to hear it from me. I was not looking forward to telling them as I knew it would be difficult for me. It was even harder than I could’ve imagined. There was a large group of boys in front of me that I truly care about and to tell them I was no longer going be their teacher/coach broke my heart and I think they could see that.”
Logan said he will dearly miss the players who were in both football and track. He noted “Boomer, JoJo, Parker, Jacob, Snodgrass, Flowers, and Ebers.”
“But I will miss watching all of my athletes grow mentally and physically through experience and off-season work in the weight room,” he added. “I will miss working alongside the administration, parents, and community members for the betterment of the athletic programs.”