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Football Coach Al Logan to Leave Muskingum University

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Muskingum University Head Football Coach Al Logan will step down from his position after 11 seasons with the Fighting Muskies.

Athletic Communication Director Tom Caudill said Logan’s hard work and dedication to Muskingum are appreciated.

“We’re really grateful to his service at the university and everything he’s done for the student athletes during his tenure,” said Caudill.

The announcement of Logan’s departure was made Nov. 29.

Caudill said Logan decided to step down from his position in order to pursue other interests outside of Muskingum.

Defensive Coordinator Ethan Wetzel will serve as the interim head coach for the Fighting Muskies football team, according to Caudill and the Fighting Muskies’ website.

Senior Wide Receiver and Team Captain Damon Jones said the announcement was “a shocker.”

“It is what it is,” said Jones. “At the end of the day, it’s a business, and if you don’t win they’re going to look for someone new.”

Jones said he hopes Wetzel is able to turn the program around after the recent 2-8 season.

“Production is key,” said Jones, “and if you don’t produce, these types of things happen.”

Logan was 29-81 in his 11 seasons with the Fighting Muskies and was the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Coach of the Year.

Wetzel is a 2012 graduate of Muskingum University and was a three-year starter at outside linebacker with 203 tackles during his career. He was named OAC Player of the Week three times as a Fighting Muskie and earned All-OAC honors in 2011.

Caudill said a national search will take place for a new head coach to lead the Fighting Muskies football team.

Shank to Retire After 2017-18 Academic Year

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Muskingum University Athletic Director, Larry Shank, will retire following the 2017-18 academic year.

Shank is currently in his 16th year as the head of Fighting Muskies athletics.

During Shank’s tenure, multiple upgrades have been made to the Muskingum’s athletic facilities, including adding a turf field to Sherman Field. In 2017, a second turf field was added to Muskingum’s campus, becoming the primary home field for soccer and lacrosse.

Shank said he is “grateful” to have had the opportunity to be Muskingum’s athletic director.

“Throughout the years, it’s been a privilege to represent the University to the OAC and NCAA, and extremely rewarding to work alongside our exceptional student-athletes, coaches and administrators,” said Shank. “I will always cherish these relationships and my time as athletic director.”

From 2016-2017, two video boards were added to athletic venues such as the Anne C. Steele Center and the North Athletic Turf Field to enhance the fan experience at Fighting Muskies games.

Under Shank, mens and womens lacrosse programs were added to the intercollegiate offerings.

Since arriving in New Concord, Shank has held multiple positions in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), including being president of the OAC during the 2012-13 academic year.

Shank began his career in athletics in 1974 as a graduate assistant coach at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining Muskingum, Shank was the head football coach at Heidelberg University, but came to New Concord to be closer to family.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to come,” said Shank, “because the Village of New Concord, the history of Muskingum University…it was just the right step at the right time of my career.”

OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason said Shank will be missed.

“The (OAC) is better off today because Larry has been in our family for all these years,” said Gleason.

Shank’s last official day as athletic director will be June 30, 2018. The national search for Shank’s replacement will begin immediately.

For more information on Shank’s retirement, watch Andrew Dunlap’s exclusive interview with Muskingum’s athletic director on Orbit TV’s sports program, The Final Lap.