Logan Roberts is in his first season as the Furman cross country/track and field program's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
"Our staff is very excited to have the opportunity to work alongside Logan Roberts," said Paladin head coach Robert Gary. "He checked all of the boxes we were after and has a wonderful temperament toward what we are trying to accomplish here at Furman. Similar to recruits, we want to surround everyone in our program with equally excited staff/student-athletes that are committed to academics, citizenship, and the very highest level of collegiate excellence.
"I believe our staff is the most collaborative and distance-focused in the entire NCAA and Coach Roberts will contribute greatly to our "pursuit of grandeur" we talk about," continued Gary.
Roberts comes to Furman from North Carolina, where he served as an assistant coach with the cross country/track and field program for the past three years. During his time at North Carolina, he coached athletes to 15 All-ACC performances on the track and mentored two NCAA Championship final round qualifiers. Under Roberts' direction, the Tar Heels produced seven All-ACC and seven All-Southeast Region performers in cross country, in addition to one NCAA Championship qualifier.
"The rise of Furman cross country and track and field under Coach Gary and his staff is nothing short of extraordinary," said Roberts at the time of his hiring. "The support for this program, from the University and administration all the way down to the Greenville community, is what makes this place so unique. I am grateful for the opportunity to join this elite, experienced staff. Furman was an immediate fit for me because of the vision and goals of this staff and the quality of student-athlete we can attract. I am ready to get to work and bring more trophies back to Furman."
Roberts led the middle distance contingent at North Carolina the last two seasons, working directly with the 800m and 1,500m men and women. Under his charge, freshman Alex Milligan had a breakout season in 2018, scoring at the ACC Outdoor Championships and recording the fastest 1,500m of any Tar Heel over the last four years. Milligan capped off his rookie season with a 10th place finish at the NCAA East Preliminaries. Roberts also coached junior Blake Dodge to 2018 All-ACC honors in the indoor 800 meters and back to back appearances at the NCAA East Preliminaries.
In 2015, Roberts' first track and field season at North Carolina, he coached Cory Nichols to a runner-up finish and All-ACC accolades in the 800m at the ACC Indoor Championships. O'Neal Wanliss also reached the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the event.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Roberts joined the Tar Heel coaching staff in a full-time capacity after completing his master's degree in sport administration from North Carolina in May of 2013. During his time as a volunteer assistant, Roberts helped coach the men's cross country team to consecutive NCAA Championship appearances (2013 - 17th place & 2014 - 12th place) and its highest finish since 1985. On the women's side, he helped coach the women's team to an ACC Championship and NCAA appearance in 2014. The Tar Heel women also achieved their highest USTFCCCA ranking since 2004.
Roberts, along with his brother Sandy and partner Pat Price, are co-founders of Sir Walter Running, LLC of Raleigh, N.C. The partnership, which began in 2013, has successfully organized the annual Sir Walter Miler, a track event on the first Friday of each August that features the nation's top milers in a short, high-energy program at Meredith College with community races beforehand. In its second year, Sports Illustrated touted the event as the "best glimpse of future growth for American track." This year's event set a record for the most American sub-4 minute mile performances in one race in U.S. history (13).
A 2011 graduate of Baylor with an bachelor's degree in health science studies and pre-physical therapy, Roberts competed on the Bears' cross country and track and field teams. During his time at Baylor, Roberts served as the Big 12 representative on the NCAA Division I National Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the NCAA Division I Sport Management/Championships cabinet. After earning his degree from Baylor, Roberts received the Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the highest academic honor distributed by the Big 12 Conference.