Ashland University track coach Jud Logan dies at 62

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The Stark County native was a decorated hammer throw athlete before winning three national championships as the head of the Eagles’ men’s team.

ASHLAND, Ohio – * EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video was from last July, when 3News’ Jay Crawford sitting with Logan during the Tokyo Olympics.

Jud Logan, one of Northeast Ohio’s greatest athletes and coaches in history, has died aged 62.

Ashland University, where Logan had led the track and field program for most of the 21st century, announced his passing on Monday afternoon. No official cause of death has been given, but the coach has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for acute B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia since 2019, despite his remission.

The president of the school, Dr Carlos Campo, issued the following statement:

“Jud Logan has personified our mission and vision at Ashland University. We promise a transformative experience for students, and Jud has delivered this every day in his interactions with student-athletes. His legacy at the AU is extraordinary, countless lives have been touched for the best by her indomitable spirit and love for others.

“His passing is heartbreaking news for our campus and beyond, and our prayers are with the entire Logan family.”

Born in Canton, Logan graduated from North Canton Hoover High School and Kent State before achieving international acclaim in hammer throw. He competed in all of the Summer Olympics from 1984 to 1992 and again in 2000 at the age of 41, and at one point held the US record for the longest throw at 268 feet 8 inches. Her crowning achievement came with a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, and then finished 19th at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

“I never grew up wanting to be an Olympian,” Logan recalls in a 2019 opening speech to Ashland’s graduating class, noting that he actually wanted to play football at Ohio State like his dad. and his brother before him. “I had to get someone to shine that light on and tell me I could be an Olympian. Find your source of light.”

In 1994, with his athletic career in full swing, Logan became an assistant coach at Ashland and in that capacity was instrumental in the development of many All-American hammer throwers and 2004 Olympian Jackie Jeschelnig. He was promoted to head coach of the men’s and women’s programs that year, and in his 18 seasons, he led the Eagles to three NCAA Division II men’s championships (two indoor and one outdoor) all by winning four different National Men’s Coach of the Year awards. His team won the 2019 indoor and outdoor titles as he was in the midst of his battle with cancer, and had prepared to defend his 2021 indoor crown next March.

Additionally, Logan was named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2008 and has helped guide Olmsted Falls native Katie Nageotte to the indoor and outdoor national jumping championships. in the 2013 women’s pole vault. Seven years later, Nageotte won an Olympic gold medal in the same event.

Logan has also won numerous Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and has been the GLIAC Men’s Coach of the Year nine times in the indoor and outdoor categories. He was inducted into the Ohio Track and Cross Country Coaching Hall of Fame in 2002 and the National Throws Coaches Association Coaching Hall of Fame in 2015.

“When you are successful you have to be prepared to guide someone else’s dream,” he said in his opening speech. “If you’re not ready to share your journey, if you’re not ready to share the mentorship, if you’re not ready to be a scout for someone to push the people you now have a influence to be explorers, to go out and find the gold standard to challenge them, then your journey is incomplete. “

Logan is survived by his wife Jill and their three children, Nathan, Jenna and Kristen. The family plans to hold a private funeral, but “will make an announcement regarding a celebration of Jud’s remarkable life at a later date.”

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