Mark Logan stepping down from St. Stanislaus baseball
Over the past decade, St. Stanislaus has produced some of the best high school baseball teams to ever come out of the Gulf Coast under the watch of Head Coach Mark Logan.
But after 17 years, he’s turning that watch over to someone else.
On Wednesday, Coach Logan announced he would not be returning to the SSC baseball program in 2021, effectively stepping down as the winningest head coach in program history.
Next in line is former Mississippi State standout Brad Corley, who’s being promoted to skipper after serving as an assistant under Logan for the last five years.
He’ll have some big shoes to fill in the form of two Class 4A state championships in 2010 and 2015, six region 8 titles, and an overall record of 286-168.
Coach Logan, a 1986 graduate of Stanislaus, says the 2020 season always had the potential to be his last, following the graduation of his youngest son Easton.
The coronavirus robbed him of that proper send off, but at the end of the day the one they call ‘Big’ still has closure in the legacy he leaves behind. “At the field there’s balls on the wall and it says ‘state championship’ and we always talk about putting another ball on the wall. Man, there’s just so much that goes into it because sometimes people think you just wake up and you’re talented enough, but you’ve got to have the right chemistry and all those guys, both those teams, were very special. We were lucky enough to get there twice and lucky enough to win it twice.”
Corley said, “I think it’s every coaches dream to kind of have his own program and leave his own legacy and it’s just, there’s something to be said when it is your own and I’m fortunate enough to get a program that’s been very successful and we have nice facilities and great kids. I mean, the administration has been great. It’s just a great place to be right now.”
Coach Logan will remain at St. Stanislaus as a full-time teacher and will continue to coach football and golf as an assistant.