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Masters Named Head Football Coach At Wayne State

February 11, 2022 10:09am

Wayne State College Director of Athletics Mike Powicki has announced that Logan Masters has been promoted from Offensive Coordinator to Head Coach of the Wildcat football program.  He takes over for John McMenamin, who resigned February 3 to become wide receivers coach at Tulane University.

            “I am very excited to elevate Coach Masters as our next head football coach,” remarked Powicki.  “For the past 10 years I’ve gotten to know and see Logan grow as a coach, a recruiter and a professional.  He has a tremendous amount of passion for Wildcat football as an alum and Hall of Famer no one wants Wayne State to be successful more than him.”

            Powicki added, “We have so much positive momentum going on within the program and with our current coaching staff I am confident Coach Masters can continue that progress and take Wildcat football to the next level.”

            Masters has served the last two years as offensive coordinator for the Wildcats, helping the Wildcats to a 7-4 record last season and the first seven-win season at WSC since 2011.  He coached a Wildcat offense that ranked third in rushing offense in the 2021 season in the NSIC averaging 182.1 yards per game and the 414.5 yards per game by the Wildcat offense was the most by a Wildcat offense since the 2014 season.

            Masters is in his second stint as coach as Wayne State after spending three seasons (2017-19) at Chadron State College where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2019 and served as wide receivers coach and game operations manager the previous two years.  He coached Chadron State's first-ever 3,000 yard passer in 2019 and was a part of three straight winning seasons with the Eagles (6-5 in 2019, 7-3 in 2018 and 6-5 in 2017).

            “I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach at Wayne State College,” said Masters.  “I am beyond thankful for this opportunity to lead our football program.  Thank you to President Rames, Mike Powicki and the rest of the Wayne State administration for believing in me and our staff.  Thank you to Coach McMenamin for bringing me back home when he was hired here at WSC in 2019.  I am excited to continue to develop and work with our team we have here and for our recruiting class that just signed with us.  It’s a very special thing for me to be able to be the head coach of my alma mater and continue to give former players, alumni and community members something to be proud of.”

            Masters got his coaching start working six years on the Wayne State sidelines from 2010-16.  He started as tight ends coach in 2010, was a graduate assistant/wide receivers coach in 2011-12, served as wide receivers coach in 2013 and '14 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2015 when John McMenamin departed WSC for Central Missouri and served in that role for two more years before moving on to Chadron State College.

            A native of Storm Lake, Iowa, Masters attended Wayne State College and had a standout playing career at wide receiver from 2006-09, helping the Wildcats make two post season appearances while setting nearly every receiving record at WSC.  He finished his career as the all-time leader in receptions (258) and receiving yards (3,863) and caught at least two passes in every game (46) he played in a Wildcat uniform.  As a senior, he was First Team All-NSIC South Division and one of 24 candidates for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in NCAA Division II.  In his junior season (2008), Masters hauled in a career-best 80 catches for 1,179 yards and was First Team All-NSIC South Division and Daktronics First Team All-Super Region #3 while helping WSC to a 9-3 record and the schools' first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

            Masters, inducted into the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame last fall, and his wife Amber reside in Wayne with their three sons - Lincoln, Langston and Leyton.