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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor's note: This story was updated on Thursday, June 13.