Andrew Logan, who played football at Bangor High School and Husson University in Bangor, has been named the head football coach at Hampden Academy.
He replaces Shane Rogers, who stepped down after three seasons for family reasons and to spend more time in his home state of Connecticut.
Logan becomes the Broncos’ fifth head coach in seven years. The 28-year-old is excited about the challenge.
“I’m looking forward to bringing a strong mentality and discipline to the program,” Logan said. “I want to build a strong relationship with the kids, get them excited to play and develop trust in the program.”
Hampden Academy has gone 12-45 in seven seasons in Class B North, including two wins under Rogers. The Broncos are coming off a 1-7 campaign last fall.
HA went 45-30 under Harry McCluskey in the previous eight seasons.
Logan is a sixth-grade teacher and the athletic director at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden. He played under Hampden Academy athletic administrator Fred Lower when Lower was an assistant coach at Bangor.
Logan, who was one of 11 applicants for the job, had been an assistant coach at Bangor High for five seasons. That included three with the freshman team and two with the varsity.
“He is a teacher in our district and I have been impressed with the things he has done as the athletic director at Reeds Brook,” Lower said. “He has a real good vision of where he wants to see the football program go and he has a really good plan for it.”
Lower said it is important to have some stability in the program and hopes Logan will have a long tenure.
“He’s a good fit. He will get to see [his future players] in the middle school and cultivate the numbers needed to build the program,” Lower said.
Logan was a starting offensive tackle for Bangor High School’s 2009 team that reached the Class A state championship game where it lost to Windham.
He went on to play in the Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic all-star game and spent one season as an offensive guard at Husson.
Logan said his blueprint will be determined by his players’ strengths.
“I’m going to fit my scheme to my athletes. I’m not going to ask them to do something they can’t do,” he said.
He will emphasize on the basics and make sure his players can execute the fundamentals. Logan would like his offense to establish a strong running game.
“[Former Bangor head coach] Mark Hackett always said keep it simple and it worked for him,” Logan said.
He considers himself fortunate to have played for Hackett and Nat Clark at Bangor and for Gabby Price and Clark at Husson. Logan said coaching with Al Mosca at Bangor was valuable.
“They have been incredible role models,” said Logan, who has degrees in secondary education and elementary education.
He believes being at the middle school will be advantageous because he will get to see a lot of the kids who will be playing for him before they get to the academy.
He has already received a number of positive emails from players who are looking forward to playing for him.
“They just want to win games. That’s my goal,” he said.