It's a sad day for Alton School District No. 11. Robert Logan, the boys' and girls' tennis coach at AHS has passed away at the age of 30 after losing a battle with cancer.
Logan was named the head boys' tennis coach at Alton High last spring, after guiding the girls as the head coach since 2009. He began as an assistant to Jesse Macias with the boys' program in 2007. Macias has been coaching the girls' squad this fall while Logan dealt with his failing health.
Logan is a 2005 graduate of Marquette Catholic High, where he was a two-time state qualifier in boys' tennis as a junior and senior in singles. He also was a standout golfer for the Explorers, qualifying for state three times.
He went on to play collegiate tennis at Lewis and Clark Community College and advanced to the national tournament in '06 and '07.
Logan worked as a teacher's aide in the Alton School District. This school year he was working with special needs students at AHS.
“Robert was courageous and as tough as anybody I've ever seen dealing with his ailment,” Alton director of athletics Jeff Alderman said by phone on Sunday. “I'm sure that alone made him a role model and showed a lot of leadership for our kids. He went down swinging. Last time I saw him was a little over a week ago or a little longer and he was trying to fulfill his duties there at school as he always would.
“It's very sad, especially the fact that he had so much of his life ahead of him and so much today. He had so much to help young kids out with and he'll truly be missed.”
Logan is survived by his wife, Kayla Logan (Arbuthnot). Funeral services are pending.