First, Chapmanville Regional High School announced it would be getting a varsity soccer team.
And now, it’s Logan High School’s turn.
LHS Athletics Director and Assistant Principal Brian Atkinson said Saturday the school will also be looking to get a soccer program this fall for the first time ever.
“That’s our plan right now to have a team,” Atkinson said. “The school board will be posting for a head coaching position. There will be some people bidding on that. We’ve already had 46 students sign up who are interested in playing, including about 10 from the middle school who will be coming to the high school as freshman next school year. Hopefully we can get a coach soon and get the process started and go from there.”
Just like Chapmanville, Atkinson said Logan’s inaugural team will be co-ed as the squad will be open to both boys and girls.
“Right now, we’ll probably start out as a co-ed team,” he said. “If the numbers are up we will eventually split off into a boys and girls team. Our plan is to follow what Chapmanville is doing with a co-ed team. I talked with George Barker (Chapmanville Athletics Director) with them about that.”
Since all three county football fields were carpeted with Field Turf last summer, that has paved the way for soccer.
“It’s exciting to get a team. With the field, with the help of the Logan County Commission and the Board of Education and the soccer goals that we have, the tools are there we just need to get the kids out there. For kids that don’t compete in any other sport this is another avenue for them to participate and to be involved in something.”
Atkinson said a schedule has not yet been set but that will be worked out soon.
“We’re going to wait until a coach is hired,” he said. “Whoever it is I will work with them to get a schedule filled out. Being back in the Cardinal Conference we will also be reaching out to some of those schools. We may not have a lot of games scheduled in the first year but hopefully we will be able to get a full Cardinal Conference schedule by 2017.”
Logan High School will also reportedly be looking for a new boys’ basketball coach soon following the recent resignation of head coach Allan Hatcher.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).