by Beau Wicker Sports Editor
---- — Brian Strong was officially hired as Logansport’s new athletic director at Tuesday’s LCSC school board meeting.
Strong takes over for Greg Fisher, who has retired after spending the last 15 years at the post.
“I’m very honored to be able to work and call a place like Logansport High School home,” Strong said. “It’s a very historic place both academically and athletically. I can trace a lot of my family roots through Logansport High School. I’m just very honored and very excited.”
Strong, 37, has eight years of experience as an athletic director, including the past six years at Peru.
“When you make a move like this, it is bittersweet in a certain regard that I spent six great years at Peru,” he said. “They were very good to me and we had a lot of success athletically there.
“But jobs like Logansport don’t open all the time and when they do you’ve got to take a look at it and throw your name into the hat. And that’s what I did and I’m very excited and very honored. I think it’s one of the best jobs in the state and I’m really looking forward to getting going.”
Prior to his stint at Peru, Strong was the athletic director for two years at Wes-Del which is near Muncie. He was a teacher and coach at Wes-Del for four years before becoming AD there.
School board president Mike McCord said over 70 people applied for the job at Logan and that Strong stood out.
Principal Matt Jones said in a press release: “Mr. Strong brings eight years of experience as an athletic director. He has done a great job at both Wes-Del and Peru high schools and comes highly recommended. We welcome Mr. Strong to the team and being a Berry.”
Fisher is helping Strong make the transition.
“I think I’m following one of the best athletic directors in the state in Greg Fisher. He’s been a very good mentor to me and he’s done a great job here,” Strong said. “The opportunity to work with Matt Jones and the coaching staff at Logansport High School, they’re all professionals and I can’t wait to get started.”
Strong is a 1995 graduate of Pioneer. He said some of his biggest influences were the coaches and athletic director when he was a student-athlete at Pioneer. He went on to graduate from college at Ball State.
Strong and his wife, Amber, have two children, son Tate, 8, and daughter Jentry, 3.
He said that he knows the Logansport athletic programs well as a majority of the teams play Peru annually.
“I have been able to work with a lot of the coaches in that regard and see the kids and see the fan support,” he said. “I just think that program-wise I see a big push for Logansport and I love the direction that the NCC is going. I think that there are really some really exciting times on the horizon for Logansport athletics.”
Part of Fisher’s legacy at Logansport includes his hard work to keep the North Central Conference afloat after many doubted the league’s viability due to the rising transportation costs over the last decade or so.
“I think that I’m going to have to spend some time at Logansport to try to figure out what the majority thinks but obviously having grown up just north of town I know the NCC very well and know its history very well and I know to many people in the city of Logansport the NCC is very, very important to them,” Strong said. “So I do think the direction that they’ve went with the divisional play and stuff like that certainly makes it sustainable and certainly makes it more appealing from a transportation standpoint. Going to divisional play and also going to a lot of tournaments for the sports, I think that those were two very good decisions the NCC AD’s have made.”