By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 7, 2014
Over the last few months everyone has been asking the question, “Who is going to replace Gary Mullins as head football coach at Logan High School?”
A few names have been tossed around.
But the answer to the question is …
Drumroll please …
Mullins, the 10th-year head coach of the Wildcats, who stepped down at the end of last season, has decided to not resign his post after all.
Mullins had told The Logan Banner before the last regular season football game he was stepping down at season’s end. He cited family reasons for his decision and wanting to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
Now, he has apparently changed his mind and will be keeping on the headsets.
“My family has been supportive and wanted me to know that they love me being with Logan High School football,” Mullins said. “Since the end of the football season my wife and family have been very supportive of me and were happy with whatever I decided to do. At first I thought they were being supportive but they were behind be 100 percent, so the reason I was leaving wasn’t really there anymore. Since I gave my life to the Lord two years ago I have prioritized my life. I wanted to spend more time with my family but they wanted me to stay. My coaches are all excited and ready to come back.”
Mullins joked about replacing himself as Logan’s coach.
“That’s pretty easy to do,” he quipped.
Mullins, a 1997 Logan High School graduate and former quarterback of the Wildcats, has been with the program in some capacity for many years.
He was a former LHS assistant coach under ex-head coach George Barker in the early 2000s. Then, when Barker resigned after the 2003 season and went to coach at his alma mater Chapmanville, Mullins was hired to lead the Cats. At only 24, he was one of the youngest coaches in the state.
The Wildcats have tasted much success under Mullins as Logan has advanced to five out of the school’s six all-time playoff berths under the Logan graduate.
Logan’s fifth playoff appearance under Mullins happened last November as the Wildcats lost 41-14 at Point Pleasant in the opening round of the playoffs and closed out with a 7-4 record.
Logan has a 50-53 record in 10 years, including an 0-5 record in the playoffs under Mullins, but that is somewhat misleading.
The Wildcats have enjoyed four straight winning seasons, a 28-15 mark and three playoff berths since 2010.
Logan was 3-7, 5-6 and 4-6 and in rebuilding mode from 2004-06 upon Mullins’ arrival.
Mullins said his football players have been back in the weight room since January in preparations for the 2014 season.
“They’ve been in the weight room since January and have been preparing no matter who the coach was going to be,” he said.
Mullins said Logan’s 2014 football schedule has been completed.
New to the Wildcats’ schedule is a home game with Class AAA Brooke in Week 6. Brooke replaces 2A Mingo Central which had to drop Logan because the Miners had to add Cardinal Conference foe Sissonville this fall in order to have a full slate of seven league games.
“We added Brooke and it’s a one-year contract,” Mullins said. “We always play a tough schedule.”
Logan is slated to open the season at home with county rival Man before hosting Shady Spring in Week 2.
The Wildcats then go to Lincoln County in Week 3 and then to Point Pleasant in Week 4.
After hosting county rival Chapmanville, the Cats then play host to Brooke and 3A University.
Week 8 has Logan going to 3A Greenbrier East.
The next week is open and Logan then goes to 3A Nitro and then to 2A Scott to close out the regular season.
The Gary Mullins File:
Year-by-year record at Logan
2013: 7-4 (Lost 41-14 to Point Pleasant in 3A playoffs)
2011: 8-3 (Lost 51-8 to Parkersburg South in 3A playoffs)
2010: 6-5 (Lost 42-8 to George Washington in 3A playoffs)
2007: 6-5 (Lost 55-40 to Berkeley Springs in 2A playoffs)
2005: 5-6 (Lost 66-0 to Weir in 2A playoffs)
TOTAL: 50-53, 0-5 in playoffs