Loggins leaving Kimball football job
by Bob Brownne
Jun 13, 2013 | 7000 views | 8 8 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WEST FOOTBALL PRACTICE9  (08-15-11)  West High coach Matt Loggins calls out a play as the team gets ready for the start of the season next Friday.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
WEST FOOTBALL PRACTICE9 (08-15-11) West High coach Matt Loggins calls out a play as the team gets ready for the start of the season next Friday. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Three months after Tracy Unified School District hired him as the new football coach for Kimball High School, Matt Loggins has resigned to become athletic director at Clovis West High.

Loggins said Thursday, June 13, that his first contact with Clovis West was when deputy principal Joe Aiello called him in early April — a month after he was hired at Kimball — and encouraged him to apply for the position.

“I wasn’t looking to move. I was very excited about the new program at Kimball,” Loggins said.

But the chance to take a full-time athletic director position at Clovis West, which Loggins described as one of the top five athletic programs in California, was an opportunity he had to explore.

“I’m going to have a lot of resources at my disposal, but there are high expectations,” Loggins said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge professionally.”

Loggins turned in his letter of resignation on June 6.

Kimball High athletic director Steve Thornton said Friday, June 7, that the coach’s resignation was a surprise.

“I had absolutely no idea at all,” Thornton said. “I have mixed emotions about it. Matt thinks it’s a great opportunity for him, but it does leave us in a difficult position at Kimball. It’s June 7 and we’re now looking for a new football coach.”

Loggins said that when he resigned, he still had more interviews pending with the Clovis Unified School District administration.

“I wish I could have let (Thornton) know earlier, but Clovis wanted me to be discreet and I wanted to be discreet because I didn’t know where it would land.”

Kelly Avants, spokeswoman for Clovis Unified near Fresno, said the district’s governing board unanimously approved Loggins’ appointment as the new Clovis West athletic director at its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 12.

It’s a full-time job, and while Loggins’ specific salary was not available, the salary range is $59,377 to $83,550.

Thornton said that the rest of the football coaching staff will stay to run summer workouts.

“The kids will be taken care of, but we’ll get a head coach in place as soon as we possibly can,” he said.

News of Loggins’ resignation comes after a series of coaching changes that started in late January when the district declined to renew former Kimball High football coach Steve Anastasio’s contract.

Loggins, who had been West’s varsity football coach and athletic director for the past three years, was hired for the Kimball football job in early March.

On May 14, the TUSD board of education affirmed that West boys basketball coach and English teacher Derek Sprecksel will replace Loggins as West’s athletic director, while physical education teacher Chris Myers will become West’s varsity football coach.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com. Editor's note: This story was updated on Thursday, June 13.
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tpblogger
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July 05, 2013
Karma? Kimball gives a dedicated, committed coach like Anastasio the axe for this? What did Anastasio do wrong? Improve every year.... Even without seniors? Loggins was still searching after worming his way in, it's obvious. He should have manned up and been honest if he really cared about the kids at Kimball or West. Good luck Clovis.

KellyJones
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June 14, 2013
As usual, the comments section continues to be a bastian of maturity and understanding. The timing stinks, but that’s life. Clovis West is an athletic powerhouse, with a football team that routinely makes playoffs and won section titles in 2004, 08 and 10. They have a ton of booster support and tradition of excellence. Kimball is too new to have that, and the early response on the forum seems to prove the support in Tracy is lax. It’s undeniably a good opportunity for Matt Loggins. He didn’t go looking for this job, it was presented to him. Being a football coach can be a thankless job, but he’s been a force for West High as an assistant, a head coach and AD for, what, 12 years? Helping coach some kids who went on to play in the NFL, right? Helping coach some talent, some not, in a town with four high school football teams? I don’t know him personally, so this isn’t like a friend or family member rushing to his defense. But it’s pretty unfair of people to assume this was an easy choice for him or to bash him for seizing an opportunity. Like you all would have done anything different. Lack of respect? Really? And yours is so great, calling out someone anonymously online.
KellyJones
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June 14, 2013
Haters gonna hate – well I hate it when people aren’t willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, hate it when people want to blame someone else. You don’t like something? Help fix it. Volunteer. Raise funds. Be supportive. You think there aren’t politics everywhere? C’mon. There are good people in town and Kimball will pick and new coach, and quickly. Those supposedly “other” qualified coaches get a second chance. A little perspective would serve us all well.
Seek_the_Truth
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June 14, 2013
Lets me get this right...

1) Kimball brass gives Coach Anastasio, a winning coach, the boot.

2) Kimball hires Loggins, a losing West High coach.

3) There is a huge disruption amongst Tracy coaches.

4) Loggins quits before he starts at Kimball and heads to Clovis.

Loggins obviously has no respect for the West players he left behind, no respect for the Kimball team who will start late this season and no respect for other qualified Tracy coaches who would otherwise have his Kimball job. Clovis can have him!
Justhanginout
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June 11, 2013
AS A KIMBAL PARENT, ITS REALLY SAD. AS A PERSON WHO HAS PLAYED, AND COACHED HS FOOTBALL FOR YEARS IN THE EAST BAY, ITS A SICKENING HOW OUR DISTRICT HANDELS THE HS COACHING, AND THE POLITICS INVOLVED; AT ALL 3 HIGH SCHOOLS.
ChrisRoberts
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June 13, 2013
What do you expect from Redneck, hick town, like Tracy? It's a bunch of good ole boys swapping real estate with developers in this town. Nothing else.

It's not what you know that gets you a tax payer funded job in Tracy, it's WHO YOU KNOW

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Justhanginout
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June 14, 2013
YES, SAME WITH THE COACHES. TRACY HAS THE COACHES THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND THE LONGEST, BUT I HEAR ITS COACHES, OR EX-COACHES KIDS PLAY OVER THERE NOW TOO. WHAT I HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM THE KIMBAL PEOPLE, IS THAT THE BULLDOGS ARE PULLING THE POLITICAL CARD MORE THAN EVER THIS YEAR WITH REGAURD TO THAT. HEY, ATLEAST THEY HAVE COACHES, AND COACHES THAT WANT TO STAY. SMALL TOWN POLITICS. I MOVED HEAR, SO I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. THANKS LOGGINS
Joker44
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June 11, 2013
LOL !!!!! LOL !!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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