Hundreds of Wins: Patsos and Logan

Men’s and women’s basketball coaches reached 100-win mark in same season

By David McKay Wilson
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Long before anyone started talking seriously about a 2012 NCAA berth, the Greyhounds basketball teams had plenty to celebrate. Both Women’s Head Coach Joe Logan, ’96, and Men’s Head Coach Jimmy Patsos reached the century mark this season.

“It’s all about the intangibles, the chemistry, and getting the players to buy into a common goal,” said Logan, 38, in his seventh season, and the Loyola women’s hoops coach with the most wins. “Anyone can draw up a play, but you need everyone coming together to win.”

In his eighth season at Loyola, Patsos led a team that had tied the school NCAA Division I record for victories in a season by mid-February. “The team plays hard, they share the ball, and we’ve had a bit of luck,” said Patsos, 45. “And it’s the character of the guys that have pushed us over the limit, giving us that little extra to bring us Loyola’s best season yet.”

Patsos came at the Greyhounds men’s hoops program’s nadir, with the team mired in a losing streak for games on the road that reached 39 in his first season. Loyola had won just one game in the season prior to Patsos’ arrival and fans were few.

Today, Loyola alumni come even to road games. “It’s all part of building the Loyola basketball family,” Patsos said. “And the players on the floor like to know their family is there cheering them on.”
Neither Logan nor Patsos had been a head coach when then-Athletic Director Joe Boylan asked them to lead Loyola’s teams—Patsos in 2004 and Logan in 2005.

Coaching basketball is a year-round effort, involving far more than drawing up plays, running daily practices, and motivating players during the game. At the heart of a coach’s job is recruiting new student-athletes.

“It’s the life blood of your program,” says Logan, who lives in Hampstead, Md., with his wife, Susan Bryce Logan, ’98, and two daughters. “We have great players, and you try to enjoy them, but you know you have to replace them, and the process starts earlier each year. We have some high school sophomores and juniors who have already committed to a college.”

Logan and Patsos have offices across the hall from one another and a good working relationship. The coaches buck each other up through the highs of a winning streak and the lows that drag you down in a string of losses.

“People only call you when you win,” says Logan. “But Jimmy is usually the first to contact me if we’ve lost. He’ll send encouragement to win the next one. He wishes me good luck.  He doesn’t have to do that, but he does.”

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