Ringgold's Logan to step down after season
Even though he still has one year left on his contract after this season, Pete Logan will not be coaching boys basketball at Ringgold once the Rams play their final game of the year Friday at Yough.
Logan turned in his resignation to the school district over a month ago, so some inside the program won't be surprised by the announcement.
“I actually talked to (Ringgold Athletic Director Ron McMichael) before the season started that I might be walking away after this year,” said Logan, who has been the Rams' coach for six seasons.
“I have some personal issues,” Logan said when asked why he is quitting with a year on his contract. “I'm used to doing things a certain way and the philosophy I brought here wasn't received with the expectations I had expected.”
Logan has served as a head coach for 15 years and won a WPIAL Class AAA title with his alma mater, Brownsville, in 2001. He then went to Clairton and won a WPIAL Class A crown in 2006.
He came to Ringgold in 2008 with high hopes of rebuilding a once-proud but stagnant program. His overall record at Ringgold is 36-96, including a 16-8 campaign in 2009-10.
“When we won the first playoff game here in 17 years two years ago, I thought maybe we were turning the corner,” Logan said. “But that was a senior dominated team and I had to start all over with new kids and things just didn't seem to take.”
The playoff win he talked about was a 74-69 win over Keystone Oaks during the 2009-10 campaign.
Logan said that he never had any issues with the district's administration and that he enjoyed the kids, but hinted that some didn't put in the time it takes to be successful.
“You can't develop into a basketball player in three months,” he said. “It takes time and effort. Some of the kids I've had put that effort in and the results were there. You could see it.
“We're getting the athletes here, but the kids aren't developing.”
Logan, who moved to Monessen a year ago, pointed at the program that Monessen coach Joe Salvino has developed as an example.
“Everybody says that you have to have the horses to win, but those horses have to develop and over the years, nobody wins 20-25 games a year. That's just crazy. People don't realize the time Joe puts in and his kids respond to that.”Logan said the tough season the Rams are having did not play a role in his decision.
Ringgold (2-17, 1-10) has lost 17 of its last 18 games after opening the season with a 60-42 win over Charleroi.
“I knew before the season started this was it for me here,” he said.
Logan said he definitely wants to coach in the future, he just doesn't know when and were.
“I may want to step back for a bit and I definitely will only coach in the right situation,” he said.
He said it was a tough decision for him to leave Clairton six years ago, but that he was excited to go to Ringgold and get back into Class AAA basketball.
“I had high hopes, but things didn't work out,” he said. “But I still have great confidence in what I can do as a coach. My confidence is not shaken at all.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.