Coaching Candidates: Dave Logan

No potential coaching candidate draws such a strong response from CU fans than Dave Logan. Is the highly successful high school coach and media personality a candidate?

Dave Logan
Head coach Mullen High School
Age: 51

The Résumé
• Head football coach Mullen High School 2003-present

• Head coach Chatfield High School 2000-02

• Head coach Arvada West High School 1993-99

• Played in the NFL 1976-84 (Cleveland and Denver)

• Played wide receiver at Colorado 1972-75

The Connection
Logan was a three-sport start at Wheat Ridge High School, and followed that up at Colorado by excelling in football, basketball and baseball as a Buffalo. He earned first-team All-American honors on the gridiron as a senior in 1975. Logan was drafted by the NFL, MLB and NBA in 1976, and chose to play football, playing in 119 NFL games over nine seasons. After retiring from pro football following the 1984 season, Logan got into sports talk radio. He has hosted a radio show on Denver's KOA radio for over 12 years, and also serves as the Denver Broncos' play-by-play announcer.

The Buzz
No potential coaching candidate creates a more visceral reaction — at least in the state of Colorado — than Logan. Some swear he's the only choice for the vacant Colorado job, others warn he's another Gerry Faust waiting to happen.

One thing for certain, Logan has been successful at whatever he's done in his professional life, whether it was as an athlete, high school coach, radio personality/announcer, or commercial spokesperson for FirstBank (a Colorado-based financial institution).

Logan has coached three high school teams to state championships since 1997.

Mike Bohn is looking for a coach who will be strong in community outreach, someone able to rub shoulders with different constituents, all with differing agendas. Perhaps better than any potential candidate that's been bandied about, Logan seems like the kind of man who could work a Buff Club crowd, talk straight with big boosters, charm CU's faculty and administrators, as well as state lawmakers, and deal in a positive manner with the media.

The Question Marks
• While the Faust comparison is unfair — Faust didn't have a nine-year NFL career — hiring a coach without any college coaching experience is an extremely high risk. Can't you just hear recruiters from rival schools sitting in a prospect's living room asking if he is really considering going and playing for a high school coach?

What We Are Hearing
Nada, when it comes to Logan. Which means Logan is either not on Mike Bohn's radar, or Bohn is playing this one very close to his vest. Bohn said Tuesday he anticipates two more interviews in the coming days (after Jon Embree and Dan Hawkins have been interviewed recently), and reiterated that he wants to make the hire prior to the Dec. 27 bowl game CU is playing in.


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