Williamsport graduate an assistant with Central

Loyalsock blood flows through Joe Logan.

Logan’s mother was a Loyalsock graduate and his great grandparents were Loyalsock residents. Almost any time Loyalsock plays, Logan cheers for it.

There is just one problem Friday. Logan is coaching against the Lancers.

Logan, a 1991 Williamsport graduate, is an assistant coach at Central, which plays Loyalsock on Friday at Penn State for the Class AA championship. He is a hometown boy, but Logan has to put that on hold for a few hours at least.

“I try to get home as much as I can and I have a hunting cabin in Lycoming County,” Logan said. “That area is my home it always will be, but I’m a Dragon now.”

Logan, whose father is a former firefighter living in Old Lycoming Township, has been a Central teacher the last 13 years. He also has coached softball and football there during that time. Logan coached junior high baseball the last few seasons before joining the varsity staff this year. Talk about good timing as Central enters the championship 24-0.

Logan coached these current juniors and seniors when he was the junior high coach so he knew something good might be brewing. The players have proven him correct. Several were also key players on the District 6 championship football team last fall and the District 6 runner-up basketball team last winter.

“Sometimes you can tell by attitudes more than anything and just watching their playing style you could tell it would be a special group,” Logan said. “I get to see them on the academic side, too, so I’m blessed to see it all.”

Growing up, Logan was a catcher for future Auburn standout and Colorado Rockies draft pick Jason Johnson. He also was teammates with Montoursville standout Richie Rodarmel. Following college, Logan coached at Little League camps, learning a lot from Williamsport legend Scott Grove while becoming friends with former Montoursville coach Corey Twigg.

“Scott was great and Corey has become a great friend,” Logan said. “Everything is so inter-related. I was lucky enough to make those connections and come out here and run into guys that I played with, too, so it’s like being in the Twilight Zone because everything works it’s way to back home.”

Logan will be halfway home Friday morning. It is not an official homecoming, but it’s close. And Logan likely will have a local fan base watching him at Penn State. An already memorable season keeps getting better for the Williamsport native.

Logan sees a lot of similarities between Martinsburg and his former home. Both areas are rich in baseball tradition but also feature outstanding well-rounded athletes who excel across the board.

He does not live here anymore, but the more things change in Logan’s life the more they stay the same. Central is his home, but this area holds a special place in his heart.

“I’m blessed to be where I am but I will always bleed Williamsport Cherry and White,” Logan said. “I will never forget that.”