Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan announced last week that he has been selected as the KHQA Football Coach of the Year.
Logan said KHQA Sports Director Chris Duerr informed him that he received the top honor.
“I feel like it was definitely an honor to receive an award,” Logan said. “I felt like I put in quite a bit of work.”
Logan reflected on how far the program has come, from being down to just 12 players in a district game in 2013 to winning a district game in 2014 while finishing with a 5-6 record.
“It’s been kind of a roller coaster but it definitely feels good to be recognized for hard work,” he added. “…The first district win in the new playoff format, that was a good stepping stone and we’re trying to get to the next step. Every high school kid’s dream should be to win a district championship.”
Logan said one of the biggest reasons he received the award was due to him having the largest assistant coaching staff he’s ever had.
Coaches include Donald Aulbert, Nick Lower, Brandon Talbot, and Brian Kurz.
“Biggest thanks to (my coaches) as the 2014 season wouldn’t have been as successful and competitive without all of our guys hard work and long days/evenings/nights,” Logan said.
He also attributed success to the work put into the weight room by his players.
“It made a difference in strength, speed, confidence, and a lack of injuries,” Logan said.
Along with receiving top coaching honors, several Indians were also named to the 2014 Northeast Missouri Sportswriters All-District team.
Quarterback Lucas Robinson earned second team honors. Conner Albrecht was named a second-team linebacker.
Both Sharrod Connor and Nick Barnes received honors in two positions. Connor earned first team honors as a defensive back and second team honors for the all-purpose position.
Barnes was named a first-team punter. He also received second-team wide receiver honors.