Zach Green will usher in a new era of Logan High School basketball.
Green, hired as Logan’s new hoop coach on Thursday, was an assistant coach for five years and a former Wildcats’ player.
Not only will Logan have a new coach and a new system, the Wildcats will be transitioning to a Double-A school this coming season after being a 3A school since 2008.
LHS will be a 2A school at least through the 2019-20 season when the WVSSAC is scheduled to tackle realignment once again.
Logan will also re-join the Cardinal Conference and will battle against some of their old Class AA rivals in the process.
“I like the rivalries that we will have when we go back to Double-A,” Green said. “Look at all of the surrounding schools. There’s a bunch of good basketball schools all close. Just look at Chapmanville, Mingo Central, Scott, Wyoming East and Westside. It’s an exciting time because a lot of these schools are good and some of them have new coaches. I think that it’s going to make for a really good basketball season. We’re really excited to get back to that level. We think that we’ll be able to compete at the highest level of that competition (Class AA).”
Green said he likes the Cardinal Conference and it’s a good fit for LHS.
Logan joins a newly expanded 10-team conference with former Class AAA schools Nitro and Winfield as well as seven holdovers. Tolsia leaves the league and goes back to Single-A status.
“Honestly, I don’t think that there’s any doubt that this is the best Double-A conference in the state,” Green said. “You look at Poca, Winfield and Chapmanville. There’s going to be a lot of teams that will be very good this year. It also helps as far as travel and not having to make those trips to Martinsburg or Parkersburg. That definitely makes it a lot easier on us traveling and from a financial standpoint. Again, it comes back to a lot of these schools are going to be rival games. There’s nothing like playing in a rival game.”
Logan also will play in a new six-team Class AA sectional with Cardinal Conference rivals Chapmanville, Mingo Central and Scott as well as county rival Man and former Triple-A school Lincoln County.
“Those are almost all of the teams in the Cardinal Conference with the exception of Lincoln County and Man,” Green said. “Those will be big attendance games and there will be lots of pride on the line. It’s going to be really exciting.”
Green hopes to bring back an up-tempo style of play that was more common in the Mark Hatcher era.
Last year, under Allan Hatcher, Logan ran a more deliberate style of offense and relied on its defense. Often times the Cats didn’t not reach 50 points in a game.
“We’re definitely going to turn the tempo back up,” Green said.
Green said he’s excited to get started in his first head coaching job.
“I just want to thank everyone who helped me get to this point,” he said. “I could spend days naming names but those people know who they are. Hopefully, all of the work that I’ve done and that people have done to help me we can get Logan High School basketball back to where it needs to be.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).