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Bear River’s Logue tagged as CIF Sac-Joaquin Model Coach

By: Mike Ray
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Veteran Bear River High football coach Terry Logue has added another honor to his long list of achievements in a coaching career that has stretched over 40 years.

This past week, Logue was named as one of six recipients of this year’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coach Award, an honor that recognizes coaches who are positive role models within their schools and communities. This is the 18th year the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section has issued the award.

“I’m definitely honored,” said Logue. “Anytime you receive an award like this, it’s something special.”

This year’s six winners represent six different high schools, four leagues, four of the seven divisions and both halves of the Section.

Other coaches honored this year include Greg Largent from Escalon, Heather Tarr of Marysville, Maureen Barnett of Rio Americano, Jill McPherson of Ripon and Rick Wanlin of Rosemont.

Logue is the second coach from Bear River to receive the award as he joins Jack McCrory, who was honored in 2006-07. Other recent area award winners include Mimi Scott of Colfax (2014), Jill Tooker of Del Oro (2013)  and the late Mike Takayama, also of Del Oro (2012).

Logue, who was nominated for the award by former Bear River principal Amy Besler, has also been the recipient of the “Teacher That Makes a Difference” award at Bear River.

“Terry represents everything that we aspire to in the realm of coaching and mentoring of our young people,” said Besler in a press release. “He is tirelessly dedicated, inspiring each player to perform at a higher level than they ever imagined possible.”

Logue began his coaching career as an assistant at Paradise High in 1973. He was later the head coach at Paradise for two seasons (1981-82) before taking the reins as head coach at Butte College from 1983-85. In 1987, he became the head coach at Bear River and except for a two-year hiatus from 2002-2004, has coached the Bruins for 29 seasons. His career coaching record of 242-108-3 covers a 32-year varsity coaching journey.

In his time at Bear River, the Bruins were Cal-Hi Sports’ No. 1-ranked Division IV school in 1992 and 1994. Under Logue, the Bruins have won three Sac-Joaquin Section crowns, five league championships, been to the playoffs 17 times and racked up 20 straight non-losing seasons since 1989.

He was the Sacramento Bee Superior Cal Coach of the Year in 1994, the Sacramento Bee Metro Coach of the Year in 1997 and honored as a National Football Foundation’s Distinguished Coach Award in 2002.

Each of the six model coaches will receive a plaque and a lifetime Sac-Joaquin Section pass at an awards breakfast Tuesday, April 30, in Lodi.