NOTE: This is the third part of a series published exclusively in the Jackson Parish Journal that celebrates the achievements of the six athletes and three Special Award winners that will be inducted into the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame on August 7th. This week: Tommy Logan
It is a shame that due to the Covid-19 pandemic that Tommy Logan didn’t get the opportunity to stand in front of the Jackson Parish Hall of Fame induction ceremony audience last year. After giving his speech someone my have enticed him into singing a few bars if his health would have allowed. He certainly has the distinction of having the sweetest sounding voice of any Hall of Fame inductee. He also had one of the sweetest shots you ever saw consistently making “string music” during his years at Quitman High School where he played on two state championship teams.
With his induction, Logan becomes the third player and fourth member of the back to back, Class B state champion Wolverines to be enshrined in the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame following Graylon Davis, Lee Humber and coach Stuart Toms.
During Logan’s junior (1969-70) and senior (1970-71) seasons, Quitman set an all-time school record for most wins in two season after going 40-8 and 47-5. The versatile swingman was named first team All-District both seasons and first team Class B All-State his senior year.
In Quitman’s first of the two state championships, a 77-64 state championship victory over Florien, Logan made 8 of 15 shots for 17 points, including 11 points in the decisive final quarter and pulled down 7 rebounds. As a senior the “sweet shooter” averaged 15.2 points per game and posted a career high of 36 points against Calhoun where he made 14 of 16 shots, ALL FROM THE OUTSIDE.
“He was the best shooter I ever coached,” stated Toms in an interview in 1971.
In the middle of his Senior year in high school Logan was called into the ministry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and obtained a Master’s in Theology from SMU. He then became an ordained United Methodist Minister, serving many churches across the states of Oklahoma and Louisiana, where he was known for his singing of contemporary music during his worship services.
Whether it was making “string music” on the court or singing songs from the pulpit, Logan was a true leader who elevated first his ten teammates through his play and later thousands through his preaching.