2011 Scottsburg High School alumni, Logan Wells, has officially been named the head cross country coach and assistant track at field coach at Bluffton University in Northern Ohio.
Wells, a graduate of Hanover College, has helped coach at the collegiate level for two years at his alma mater Hanover College and Otterbein University. He has also been a volunteer coach at Federal Hocking High School in Ohio.
“It is a great honor to be named the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Bluffton University,” Wells said. “It has been a long-time dream of mine to help build and sustain a program of committed student-athletes who want to grow as runners and as people.”
During his time at Scottsburg, Wells ran cross country and track. His junior year his team qualified for the semi-state meet in cross country, and his senior year he qualified personally. Also during his senior year, he broke the 3,200 meter record for track and field with a time of 9:57.
“Both were things I worked extremely hard for and goals that seemed out of reach as a freshman. My Dad always told me that running is the one sport where you can outwork people who might be more talented than you, and those two moments stand out as times where that came true,” said Wells.
After graduating from Scottsburg, Wells continued his athletic career as a Hanover Panther. He was a 3X All-Conference runner in the HCAC. His senior year he suffered a broken jaw just a month before the big conference meet, and still placed tenth overall with his jaw wired shut. A 2015 magna cum laude graduate of Hanover, Wells earn all-HCAC academic honors every semester.
When asked who his biggest inspiration for running was, Wells answered quickly.
“Easy. My Dad. He got me started in this sport almost 15 years ago by taking my sister and me out on a one-mile jog with him. He’s the person who has seen me at my absolute highs and the one who has supported me through the many, many lows. I would be neither the runner nor the man I am today without his guidance and support. In some ways, I wish I could continue to coach with him, but I know that he wants me to blaze my own path. What he may not realize though is that path wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for him.”
As the Hanover intern this past year, Wells coached alongside his father, Brady Wells. Now being in the same conference (HCAC) at Bluffton, Wells will coach against his father and mentor.
“I don’t quite know how that will feel. He is, single-handedly, the most influential person in my life from a running standpoint. He introduced me to the sport and taught me so many life lessons through its ups and downs. A lot of the training philosophy and perspective I have comes directly from him. Since Bluffton and Hanover are relatively far apart, we likely won’t be recruiting the same athletes very often, but we will see each other a few times a year in competition. At that point though, it’s really the athletes competing while we sit back and hope they’ve benefitted from our training,” Wells said.
“Now, if he and I lined up for a race, I think I’ve got him. He’s not quite as spry as he used to be,” Wells added with a laugh.
Wells isn’t just a coach of running, but an athlete himself. This past November he competed in his first marathon in Indianapolis where he placed 11thoverall in a time of 2:26. He plans to keep competing while coaching at Bluffton.
“I think my time at Hanover (as a student-athlete) gave me perspective. I came in as a very focused, very driven individual, and while that led me to a lot of the success I had, it also caused me to miss out on a lot of bigger picture things. By the time I was a senior I had learned to balance my identity as a runner with my identity as a human being. Results and places didn’t come to define me, but rather stood as added benefits for a sport and team that I loved,” said Wells.
Wells is looking forward to his first head coaching job, even though he will be competing against his alma mater.
“The nice thing is, running is a sport where you can still cheer for and support athletes from other teams. Everyone is out there working extremely hard and ultimately running to better themselves. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Hanover, but at the same time I’m going to try my hardest to beat them.”
When he is not running or coaching, Wells enjoys writing. He has a Master’s Degree from Ohio University in Creative Writing. He is also a published author in a few different literary magazines including Quail Bell Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine.
“It’s the passion I bring and the work that I do. Just like with running, if I’m doing it for anyone other than myself, then the final product fails to be authentic. My dream is to publish a book–novel or short stories–and simply be proud of the work that I’ve done.”
Whether it’s running, coaching, or writing, Wells has big plans for his future. These big dreams started out as a small kid from Scottsburg, Indiana, and have now turned into a reality through hard work and dedication.