LOGAN, W.Va. — After 13 seasons, 61 wins and five playoff appearances Logan High School football coach Gary Mullins has decided to step down.
Mullins’ resignation was made official recently during the Logan County School Board meeting.
Mullins had a 61-74 overall record at Logan, including an 0-5 mark in playoff games. He has led Logan to five out of the school’s six overall playoff appearances.
The Wildcats went 5-5 this past season after a 3-0 start.
Mullins, a former Logan High School quarterback and assistant coach, was hired as the Wildcats’ head coach in 2004 and was one of the youngest coaches in the state. Mullins replaced his former boss, George Barker, who left to coach at his alma mater Chapmanville.
This is the second time Mullins has resigned as Logan’s football coach.
Mullins stepped down briefly after Logan’s 1-9 season in 2009 but soon returned and led Logan to the Class AAA playoffs in 2010 with a 6-5 mark.
Logan also made it to the Class AA playoffs in 2005 and 2007 and also the Class AAA playoffs in 2011 when the Wildcats hosted a first-round home game but were routed by a strong Parkersburg South team, 51-8.
Mullins said, however, it was time to step down.
“I just want to spend more time with my family,” Mullins said, in an interview with the Logan Banner. “I have a wife and three kids now and they have had to put up with me coaching the last 13 years. I just want to take time and put my family first. I think it was just the time for someone else to have a chance at coaching this team.”
Mullins said he isn’t ruling out coming back to coach at some point in the future if asked.
“You never know what the future holds,” he said. “I may help somebody in the future if they want my help. But it’s time to move on to the next chapter I guess.”
Mullins last led Logan to the playoffs in 2013 as the Wildcats went 7-4, losing 41-14 at Point Pleasant in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
The Wildcats slumped to a 2-8 mark in 2014, but improved to 4-6 in 2015 and a .500 record this year as Logan returned to the Class AA ranks and full membership in the Cardinal Conference.
Logan’s 2016 season got off with a bang in a 48-13 win at home over county rival Man in the Coalfield Kickoff Classic at Logan Stadium.
Then after two wins over Poca (61-11) and Lincoln County (40-13) the Cats were 3-0.
Logan then suffered five straight defeats to Point Pleasant (41-12), Chapmanville (29-8), Class AAA teams John Marshall (13-6) and Greenbrier East (34-22) and Sissonville (36-20) in a Cardinal Conference game.
The Wildcats closed out with wins over Oak Hill (50-20) and Scott (38-26) to finish with a 5-5 record.
Mullins said there’s a lot that goes into coaching a high school football team.
“There’s a lot of little things that go into it,” he said. “The biggest thing is that it has been getting harder and harder to get the kids into the weight room. We had eight kids who were really dedicated who came into the weight room just about every day where we used to have 40. When it comes to that point, it’s time for someone else new to come in with new ideas and new ways of doing things to come in and really give them a boost and change things up a little bit.”
— Look for more on Gary Mullins and his coaching career at Logan this week in the Logan Banner Sports section.
The Gary Mullins File
Year-by-year coaching record
2013: 7-4 (Lost 41-14 at Point Pleasant in 3A playoffs)
2011: 8-3 (Lost 51-8 to Parkersburg South in 3A playoffs)
2010: 6-5 (Lost 42-8 at George Washington in 3A playoffs)
2007: 6-5 (Lost 55-40 at Berkeley Springs in 2A playoffs)
2005: 5-6 (Lost 66-0 at Weir in 2A playoffs)
TOTALS: 13 years, 61-74 record, 0-5 in playoffs
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).