Matt Logie has inserted himself into the NCAA men's basketball record books in his first six seasons as head coach at Whitworth University. Coming off of a 23-5 campaign in 2016-17, Logie's career record guiding the Pirates is 149-25, a winning percentage of .856, which ranks at the top of the list of active NCAA Division III coaches with at least five years at the helm.
Following the 2014-15 season, Logie accomplished what no other NCAA Division III men's basketball coach had ever accomplished by winning 100 games in his first four seasons at Whitworth.
Logie has a 86-10 mark (.896) in the Northwest Conference and he has led the Pirates to the NCAA Division III tournament in each of his first six seasons. (See below for year by year results.) Whitworth has extended its streak of Northwest Conference regular season championships to seven in a row over Logie's tenure and he has been named NWC Coach of the Year three times (2012, 2014 and 2015). In 2013 and in 2016 he was a finalist for the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year award.
Logie has guided several of his players to impressive post-season honors. In 2016 Kenny Love and Christian Jurlina each earned First Team All-Northwest Conference recogntion for the third time in their careers, joining a small list of players in league history to accomplish that feat. Love also earned All-Region recogntion in 2017 and was the NWC Player of the year and a Third Team All-American in 2015. George Valle was selected as the NWC Player of the Year and a Third Team All-American (NABC). Valle, one of Logie's first recruits, finished his career as the seventh leading scorer in school history and he started every game of his Pirate tenure - a streak of 116 contests.
Dustin McConnell was the Northwest Conference Player of the Year and a First Team All-Region (NABC and D3hoops.com) and Third Team All-American as a senior in 2014. McConnell was also First Team All-NWC in 2013, along with teammate Wade Gebbers. Gebbers was also selected First Team All-Region (D3hoops.com). In 2012, Idris Lasisi and Felix Friedt were both named First Team All-NWC and Second Team All-Region (NABC). Lasisi has gone on to reach the top level of professional basketball in his home country of Belgium.
Finally, Valle, McConnell and Friedt have all been finalists for the prestigious Jostens Award, giving to the NCAA Division III player with the strongest combination of basketball ability, academic success and community service.
The eighth leading scorer in Lehigh University history upon his graduation, Logie completed his second season as the associate head coach at his alma mater in the spring of 2011. Logie re-joined the Mountain Hawks coaching staff for his second stint prior to the 2007-08 season and played a large role in leading Lehigh to the 2009-10 Patriot League regular season and tournament championships.
In 2010 Logie was named as the top Patriot League Assistant Coach in men's basketball in a Foxsports.com Coaches Poll and was later recognized as one of the top 50 Assistants in Mid-to-Low Major College basketball by Hoopscoop on-line magazine. Furthermore, his recruiting efforts not only led to highly ranked Lehigh recruiting classes, but built the foundation of the 2012 Lehigh team that would go on to beat Duke in one of March Madness’s all-time greatest upsets.
After returning to his alma mater in 2007, Logie's role as the top assistant coach and associate head coach at Lehigh played out most notably in the recruitment of C.J. McCollum who was selected as the 2010 Patriot League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year after leading all NCAA Division I freshman in scoring, and in his scouting and game planning for the 2010 Patriot League Tournament and NCAA First Round game against overall-top seed Kansas. McCollum would go on to finish his Lehigh career as the all-time leader in Patriot League scoring, an AP 1st Team All-American, and first round pick (#10 overall) of the Portland Trailblazers in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Logie has coached under several mentors, including current Lehigh head coach Brett Reed. Billy Taylor coached Logie during his senior season at Lehigh before Logie joined Taylor's Mountain Hawk staff for three seasons (2004-06). Taylor is now the head coach at NCAA Div. II Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, N.C. Logie also worked for Jim Christian at Kent State in 2006-07. Christian was named head coach at Boston College in the spring of 2014.
During his playing days at Lehigh, Logie scored 1,524 career points and his 262 three-point field goals is still a school record. In addition, Logie twice led the Patriot League in single-season free throw percentage. He graduated from Lehigh in 2003 and earned his Master's in Educational Leadership in 2006.
Logie grew up surrounded by the game of basketball as the grandson of Mercer Island High School head coach Ed Pepple. Pepple, a legend in Washington's high school ranks, won 952 games and four state championships in 49 years as a head coach, 42 of which came at Mercer Island. His 1985 squad, which featured future Duke star and current Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, is regarded by many as one of the Washington's greatest teams. His career win total is nearly 300 more than Pat Fitterer of Ellensburg, who is next on the list with 680 victories in 34 years.
Logie was part of two state championships while playing for his grandfather from 1997-99. He earned First Team All-State as a senior while leading the Islanders to a 27-3 record and a state 3A championship in 1999.
Matt Logie's Career Highlight's
|2011-12||26-4||15-1*||NWC Tournament Champions, NCAA "Sweet 16"|
|2012-13||26-4||14-2||NWC Tournament Champions, NCAA "Sweet 16"|
|2013-14||23-6||14-2*||NWC Tournament Champions, NCAA 2nd Round|
|2014-15||25-4||15-1*||NWC Tournament Champions, NCAA 2nd Round|
|2015-16||26-2||15-1||NWC Tournament Champions, NCAA 2nd Round|
|2016-17||23-5||13-3||NWC Runners-up, NCAA 1st Round|
|* = NWC Coach of the Year|