Logan Emotional After Firing, Wants Mullen To Keep Focus On Winning
DENVER (CBS4) – DENVER (CBS4) – In the wake of being fired from his head football coaching job at Mullen High School Dave Logan says he’s “going to take a couple steps back.”
After his afternoon radio show on 850 KOA Logan stepped outside the studio and spoke for several minutes with reporters.
“If an opportunity presents itself I would love to coach. We’ll have to see how it goes,” he said.
Logan is heading to New England this weekend to call the Broncos playoff game against the New England Patriots. He’s the voice of the Denver Broncos and a former college football star and NFL pro.
But it was with Mullen and several other high school teams before that that he became the most well-known high school football coach in the state. Under Logan, Mullen became a football powerhouse, winning four 5A state championships, three of them in a row. His record at Mullen was 90-11.
Numerous students at the private school protested outside the school Thursday morning after news of the firing was made public on Wednesday. Adminstrators said they want their next head coach to be a “full time professionally trained educator.”
“I can only share what I was told and that was that I was not a salient educator,” Logan said. “The reality of that is by its strict definition I am not … although I completely understand the core principals. I’ve done my best over the course of time to live my life consistent with those five principals. And that they prepared to have a full time teacher and football coach in the building, and I’m not a full time teacher.
“I don’t think the message had anything to do with my commitment or the number of hours I spend at the school.”
Most of the students and parents CBS4 interviewed were shocked to learn of the firing, and Logan said he has received lots of support since.
“You sometimes don’t realize — until you’re forced to step back — the impact that you have, I appreciate it, I really do,” he said.
Logan never drew a salary for his coaching. He divided it among his assistant coaches. He said he hopes Mullen will hire someone who is as committed to winning as he has been.
“My message to them was ‘I want you to finish what we’ve started here … and give the next head coach a chance.’ ”