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Logan Lifts RHAM Students to Personal Bests for 40 Years
Positivity and personal approach leads coach to National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame
 by Randy Brochu
What began for Mark Logan as a simple personal interest in running during his college years turned into a lifelong journey of coaching others to achieve their personal bests. Along the way, Logan built a cross country and track & field program that made the rest of the state take notice of a small regional high school from the northeastern Connecti- cut countryside. And although the journey continues still as an assis- tant coach in the same program he fostered as a head coach and eventually as an athletic director, it will include a permanent stop in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame after a combined eight state titles, eight runner-up finishes, and countless personal bests across four decades for his student-ath- letes at RHAM High School.
Logan’s interest in distance running grew while studying at Southern Connecticut State Uni- versity in the 1970s to become a history teacher.
“I became sort of fascinated with it, started doing road races,” recalls Logan. “I got hired at RHAM, and I’d go out for runs after school. A couple of the kids came up to me and said, ‘Hey, would you be inter- ested in becoming our coach?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ I had no idea what it was, but I figured it couldn’t be that difficult. Little did I know the complexity.”
The young history teacher say- ing yes to the kids who asked for his help in 1981 was the humble begin- ning that laid the foundation for a culture of positivity that Logan would share with student-athletes from Regional School District 8 in Hebron, Andover, and Marlbor- ough (RHAM) for four decades and counting. “It was really serendip- ity,” says Logan. “It was fortunate and at the same time it was excit- ing and it became a passion.”
As more student-athletes came out for the coach with an undeni- able enthusiasm to lift them up, people from all corners of the state were introduced to the school with the unique name from the old Charter Oak Conference that opened less than 30 years before Logan arrived.
“When I first got there, the pro- gram was on life support. Not every- body who did it was very interest- ed,” said Logan. “I did what I could to promote the school. When we first started going out to state competitions, they would look at us and go, ‘Where’s RHAM?’ We’d be down in FCIAC country, and I had to explain... we’re a regional school district. And eventually, we got to know them and they got to know us.”
Of course, success helped with RHAM’s introduction to the rest of the state. Class M cross coun- try runner-up state titles for the girls in 1986 and the boys in 1988 grabbed everyone’s attention, but that was just a prelude of a domi- nant run to come beginning in the 1990s.
The girl’s team won five state championships under his guid- ance, claiming consecutive top finishes in 1993-1994 and 1996- 1997, then another a decade later in 2007. Overall, Logan led RHAM girls cross country to 19 consecu- tive conference titles and an over- all dual meet record of 226-38 in 32 seasons, while the boys went 149- 75 in dual meets with Logan at the helm for 19 seasons. He also helped lead the track & field teams to high finishes including two Class S state championships for the girls indoor team in 1998 and 2002, as well as two more runner-up titles and a third place finish for the girls outdoor team.
Like runners of all levels expe-
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