Steve Logan Voted All-Time Head Coach By Pirate Nation
Aug. 5, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Steve Logan, who guided the East Carolina football program for 11 seasons, has been named by the fans as the Pirates' all-time head coach during a recent vote celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Elected into the ECU Hall of Fame in 2012, Logan roamed the sidelines as head football coach from 1992-2002 and won more games (69) than any of his predecessors or successors. He guided the Pirates to five bowl games and six winning campaigns, including four seasons with at least eight victories.
Logan, who mentored seven All-America and 18 NFL Draft selections, helped the Pirates gain their share of the national spotlight in the 1990s with victories over traditional football powers such as Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Stanford, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and others.
In 1995 the Pirates capped off a nine-win season with a trip to the St. Jude Liberty Bowl and a 19-13 win over Stanford. Quarterback Marcus Crandell became then the school's all-time leading passer as the Pirates reeled off six wins in a row to finish the season 9-3. ECU closed out the season with a No. 23 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
His 1999 team became one of college football's most compelling stories after overcoming the adversity brought on by the devastation of Hurricane Floyd in September. Following a 21-3 victory at South Carolina, the Pirates were forced to stay in Columbia, S.C. for the entire week before traveling to Raleigh, where their home game with ninth-ranked Miami (Fla.) had been moved.
Trailing 20-0 early in the game and 23-3 in the second half, ECU erupted for 17 points in the fourth quarter to stun the appropriately named Hurricanes, 27-23. Senior David Garrard, the school's all-time passing leader, and the Pirates were honored for their remarkable season by earning the ESPN/Disney Spirit Award.
Logan guided the Pirates to a 9-3 ledger, which included a trip to the inaugural Mobile Alabama Bowl against TCU. The Pirates were ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls for 11 consecutive weeks during the regular season, climbing as high as No. 16.
Widely recognized as the architect of the potent Pirate offensive attack of the 1990s, Logan directed seven of the top-10 passing and total offensive teams in school history. Six of those teams also rank among the highest scoring teams as well.
Prior to being named head coach, Logan spent two years as offensive coordinator at ECU, which included the 1991 Peach Bowl Championship campaign, and one season as running backs coach.