Lansing and the community suffered a huge loss this week as former Lansing coach Errol Logue died. He was 77.
Logue was best known for his time as cross country and track and field coach at Lansing High School from 1969-2009. He also served as an assistant for the University of Saint Mary cross country and track and field teams from 2011-2013.
Logue arrived in Lansing after coaching in Idaho. During his time at Lansing, his athletes won 16 individual state championships and three relay teams won titles. The boys’ team finished second in 2002 and third in 2003 at state.
In cross country, the boys’ team won the state title three straight years from 1986-1988. The girls’ team finished third in 1986. Combined, he had a total of 31 league titles, 14 regional titles and three state championships in his career.
Logue retired in 2009, but his legacy stayed with the program and in 2014, he was named a member of the 2014 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame class. Logue was also inducted into the Friends University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. Earlier this year, Lansing named the track after the coach.
His tenure in the community has left an impact.
“Errol Logue started and maintained a program that I have been a part of for the past nine years,” Lansing cross country coach Josh Floetke said. “Now in my 10th year at Lansing, I am honored to continue a program he started a half century ago. His memory will live on at Lansing. Current students can look at the pictures of our past championships and see his picture alongside their own relatives who experienced that excitement. Errol coached for decades, through thick and thin and touched many a life. Lansing will miss Errol Logue. But his legacy will not be forgotten.”
Saint Mary’s track and field and cross country coach Alstin Benton also was impacted by the former coach.
“Coach Logue had a big impact on the running community in the Leavenworth/Lansing area,” Benton said. “He created a highly successful program at Lansing High School in all of his years there. After his time there he came and helped start the program at the University of Saint Mary. Everything he has been a part of has been successful. I was lucky enough to go to the dedication of the Errol Logue Track at Lansing High School. To see the amount of people there and hear how much coach Logue impacted their lives for the better was amazing. The success on the track and course his teams enjoyed along with the way his former athletes revered him is a true testament to his character and passion for improving the lives of others.”
The impact was also felt by other coaches in the area.
“My wife was a graduate of Lansing High School and informed me of this (Thursday) morning,” said Basehor-Linwood track coach Scott Russell. “This is a sad day for the track and field community losing a coach that had such a big impact on area track and field coaches, athletes and families. Certainly, my thoughts and feelings, as well as the Bobcat family, goes out to the Logue family and those closest to him.”
Although some coaches in the area like Basehor-Linwood’s cross country coach Brock Peterson didn’t know Logue in person, it still didn’t change the reputation that spread about the legend.
“It is very sad news to hear about coach Logue,” Peterson said. “I know him on reputation only but that reputation was impeccable.”
In 2014, Logue reflected on his career with the Leavenworth Times.
“I just hope that I’ve been an influence,” Logue said in the article. “The teams and the years run together, but it’s those individual relationships that I treasure.”
Based on the outpouring from the community after his death, it is safe to say that he was an influence on his athletes and community as a whole.