Anyone who knew Paul Loggan understood what an unbelievable family man he was. To know him, was to also know his incredibly family, which is captured in the article below, printed in the Indy Star (reprinted with permission).
We are beyond blessed to have had Paul and the entire Loggan family as a part of our program family.
One thing you learn in this business of covering high school sports is that athletic directors work crazy hours.
Paul Loggan certainly did. There was rarely a time in my 12 years covering high school sports for the Star that I made a trip to North Central and did not see Loggan in the gym, on the football field or driving the gator somewhere on the North Central campus.
Loggan, who died at 57 on Sunday afternoon after a battle with coronavirus, was like a lot of athletic directors that way. He probably more to do than most at a school with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and a strong athletic tradition in several sports.
But work ethic alone is not what made Loggan special. It always made an impression on me that Paul almost always had his family by his side, whether it was wife Kathy, sons Michael and Will, or daughter Sami. Sometimes all of them. No matter how many hours he put in to his job, it was clear that they were part of the journey as well.
“They were always together,” said Warren Central athletic director Marques Clayton, a close competitor of North Central in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. “Kathy too. It was clear that Paul was preparing his kids for the next step, whatever that might be. His kids, from a young age, knew how to talk to adults and have a conversation. He brought them along for the ride.”
Michael, the Loggans’ oldest son, kept the public notified through social media of Paul’s condition from the time he was admitted to the intensive care unit and put on a ventilator at St. Vincent on April 1. The outpouring of support from former and current athletes and colleagues at North Central and throughout Central Indiana was immediate and widespread. Loggan’s story was shared on national news television programs.
Michael Loggan posted an update on Sunday morning with picture of a “Paul Strong” sign outside of North Central. “Happy Easter to all!” Loggan wrote. “Blessed to be a part of such an amazing community. Praying for that Easter Miracle! #Paulstrong”