I was sad to hear about the dismissal of Dave Logan from the Mullen football program – he was a great coach. I remember being so excited that he was going to be our coach! I hope that the new administration has a solid plan of action about how to keep the momentum of the program alive.
Dave Logan, one of Colorado’s greatest high school athletes and football coaches, as well as the longtime radio voice of theDenver Broncos
, has been forced out at perennial powerhouse Mullen High School.
The head coach for the Class 5A Mustangs, in south Denver, has guided teams to six state championships in his 19-year coaching career, including four at Mullen since 2003. He informed his team at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.
“Everybody’s shocked. Everybody’s mad,” Mustangs senior receiver Guy Johnson said. “To publicly humiliate such a good person and fire somebody for, as far as we know, no apparent reason is crazy to me.”
Ryan Clement, president and chief executive at the Lasallian Catholic high school, said in a phone interview that he was grateful for all Logan had done, but he made it clear he was seeking a coach who was in the building full time and was more in tune with the school’s mission.
“Our responsibility is to always be aware of the entire culture at Mullen according to Lasallian values,” said Clement, who, like Logan, is a past winner of The Denver Post Gold Helmet Award as the state’s top senior football player, scholar and citizen.
“After discussions, we decided the best interest of the school in the long term was someone who can be a full-time member of the school community and be engaged in every facet. Part of that is to be a fully engaged member. (Logan) had great integrity, and you can’t argue with his success at all.”
Logan has business interests away from coaching, including hosting a daily afternoon talk show on KOA-850 AM, and working the Broncos broadcasts.
While disappointed he was let go, Logan said: “I’m really grateful for nine great years at Mullen. There are some staff members and people there I will continue to be friends with, and I thank them for their support. I fully understand when there are changes made that people have to decide for their school or company as to their
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Logan added he would like to coach again.
A former Wheat Ridge High School all-stater, Logan maintained his broadcasting career since his first coaching position, at Arvada West in 1993. He moved to Chatfield in 2000, and later to Mullen.
Clement, a former Mullen star quarterback who went on to Miami, and principal Jim Gmelich, formerly of Regis Jesuit, are new in their positions and opted for change. Clement acknowledged firing an icon would cause “backlash” but felt “this was what was best for the school.”
Logan refused to argue but was not going to resign.
“Rather than focus on anything negative, I am going to be positive and move forward,” he said. “That school will be successful, and successful in football. And it’s certainly not because of one man. I wish them all the best.”
Logan has posted a 201-43 career coaching record, including 17 playoff appearances. For years he has donated his coaching salary to his assistants.
“Whether Dave Logan is coaching at Mullen or another Colorado high school, what is important is that Dave Logan is coaching high school football,” Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner Paul Angelico said.
“His passion and knowledge has such a positive impact on his players and schools. I believe his success is because of his passion, hard work, integrity and focusing on doing the right things for kids.”
Cherry Creek High’s Mike Brookhart, who heads the state’s largest school football and boys basketball programs, said Logan “is not only a tremendous football coach but a role model for kids. He’s done such a great job at three places, and his record speaks for itself. But the things he teaches kids are what they will take with them for the rest of their lives.”
Mustangs senior quarterback Cyler Miles said Logan, a three-sport star at Wheat Ridge and two-sport standout at the University of Colorado, greatly helped his career. Miles, the No. 1 recruit in the state this past year, will attend the University of Washington next fall.
“He developed me more as a person than as a player, honestly,” Miles said. “He teaches his players integrity, and it’s better to have a good character and be so-so in football than be an all-star and be a jerk at the same time. He’s done a lot in that aspect of character.”
Fellow Mustangs senior Tyler Henington, a defensive lineman who will play at CU, was devastated when Logan broke the news to his players.
“Coach Logan was Mullen,” he said. “It’s ridiculous that they did that. . . . Of course, without Coach Logan and his coaching staff, I don’t know if I’d be going up to CU or having all the options I had. I think that was a huge reason, and taking away that is like taking away a part of my body. It’s crazy.”
Johnson, the wide receiver, added that “we can’t help it that we’re good at football. You should embrace that fact.”
He said there was talk around school Wednesday afternoon of “students planning a rebellion (today), some skipping class, others breaking dress code and wearing jeans.”
What’s next for Mullen, and Logan, is not clear. Clement said he was aware of talk that Regis Jesuit coach Mark Nolan would rejoin Gmelich, but he said the school’s national search will target national Lasallian and Catholic schools.
As for Logan, whose professional career as a wide receiver began with Cleveland and ended with the Broncos, he is expected to have many offers to coach in the metro area.
“I’m going to take a step back and regroup,” he said. “I certainly will coach again if the opportunity presents itself. I love working with young men and coaching football.”
A player and a coach
As a player:
1971 Denver Post Gold Helmet winner — given to Colorado’s top senior football player, scholar and citizen — as a high school player at Wheat Ridge . . . Two-sport letter winner at the University of Colorado (football and basketball) . . . Drafted by three professional sports leagues (NBA, MLB and NFL) . . . Went on to a career as a wide receiver for theCleveland Browns
and Denver Broncos.
As a coach:Career record of 201-43, with six state titles over 19 seasons at Arvada West, Chatfield and Mullen . . . Won three consecutive Class 5A championships at Mullen (2008-10) and another at the parochial school in 2004 . . . Was 61-24 at Arvada West and 30-7 at Chatfield . . . Mullen had a 34-game winning streak over three seasons before it was snapped in the fall . . . The Denver Post/Denver Broncos high school coach of the year in 2010.