DENVER (CBS4) – Parents are angry that Mullen High School fired one the most popular and successful high school coaches ever.

Dave Logan won four state championships and the parents can’t understand why Mullen let him go. Now they’re planning on delivering a petition to the school for the reinstatement of Logan and the dismissal of Mullen CEO Ryan Clement and Principal Jim Gmelich.

“I think it’s very sad for the community and for Mullen. He built a good program and I’m just very disappointed,” parent Lynn Freyta said.

“I can’t see any reason for it. I don’t think they took into account the kids at all. They’re devastated,” parent John Hill said.

The parents have created an online petition to the Board of Trustees asking for the reinstatement of Logan and the firing of Clement and Gmelich. So far more than 800 members of the Mullen family have signed. Wednesday night parents will present the signatures to the board.

Junior Zach Rios spoke for his fellow teammates.

“I think we lost the best coach in Colorado and that’s not good,” Rios said.

The school has not said why Logan was let go but in a statement said the new coach must be “a full-time member of the faculty and be able to engage in every aspect of school life.”

Most coaches at Mullen are not full time. Parents say the problem started when Logan refused to add several assistant coaches, including Clement, a former college quarterback.

But for Logan’s supporters, it may be too little too late.

“I thought if he would leave he would leave on his own terms — go out like he wanted to go out. I never thought they’d fire him,” Rios said.

Logan says he appreciates the support but is moving on and doesn’t want to hurt the students at Mullen.

Parents will go to Mullen High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday to present the signatures to the board and hopefully get some resolution.

Comments (5)
  1. Bill says:

    The only reason to fire a man of outstanding character and a builder of young men & women is that the 2 top guys wanted to bring in their cronies. EGOs and power struggles caused Clements and the other guy to lose sight of who are important – the kids. They should resign.

  2. Sam says:

    Looks to this non-Catholic Christian like Logan was fired because he didn’t think Ryan Clement would be a better quarterbacks coach than the one already there. Will Ryan Clement now get what he wants – to be a football coach, whether Q-backs or not. Do Catholics recognize the 10th Commandment? It was just plain idiotic to fire the best high school football coach in Colorado without a better reason than “I can, so I did.”

    BTW, Mullen is not part of the Archdiocese of Denver, as I understand it. It is a Christian Brothers school. Rules do differ for different Catholic schools. And Dave Logan is an awesome teacher, only what he teaches is teamwork and good character, something apparently not recognized by the powers that be at Mullen.

  3. greg says:

    . Logan is a lousy coach. If he wasn’t able to recruit he couldn’t win a game! Have him go to Smoky Hill or Horizon and see how he would do!
    Oh that’s right he did coach at Chatfield once and somehow Lindale White and Mayor Webb’s kid ended up on that team- hmmm…… I didn’t know the Mayor of Denver lived in Littleton………….
    Good riddance! Maybe Mullen can get Joe Pa or Jim Tressel.

  4. Aj Edwards says:

    Catholic or not…it’s FOOTBALL. Sports should always take a back seat to education. If an awesome teacher was fired, you would never see this reaction from parents.

  5. laurie says:

    No one is addressing the elephant in the room, was he fired because he is not catholic, and is that legal? Rules seem to be different for parochial schools.

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