TORRINGTON – Torrington High School didn’t have far to look for the next head coach.
On Wednesday afternoon, Logan Barker was introduced to the members of the Blazer basketball team. The hire was greeted with cheers and applause among the team.
“Torrington High School is excited to announce the hiring of Logan Barker as our new head boys basketball coach,” THS athletic dirctor Dave Plendl said in a release. “Logan brings a solid set of experiences and a great deal of enthusiasm to the position. Logan had a tremendous interview where he was able to present a detailed, complete plan that showed he will be able to lead all aspects of the boys basketball program in a positive direction. We believe that Logan’s ability to be a strong role model and his desire to help young men work to become positive leaders both within the school and in the community will assist with making the team competitive throughout seasons to come. We are pleased to have Logan begin leading our boys basketball team.”
It was news which Barker also learned on Wednesday.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to lead this basketball program. THS is filled with a lot of young men and women who are ready to take on the world. To be a part of the process is a huge blessing to me,” Barker said. “I’m going to do everything in my power to help these young men become selfless leaders in society and hopefully win a few basketball games along the way. It’s time to go to work. Go Blazers.”
Barker takes over a varsity program who went 3-16 last season after qualifying for the state tournament in 2020.
The Douglas High School alum is going to bring a defensive first mentality to the Blazer program, wanting to make things extremely difficult on the opposition.
“Defensively, I like to get up in people and make them uncomfortable. A solid, aggressive defense is something that will help your offense tremendously,” Barker said. “Everyone knows you can have the best offense in the world, but there are nights when the ball doesn’t go in, so you have rely on having a solid defense.”
The 2020-21 season was the first year on the Blazer bench as an assistant coach and head junior varsity coach.
The junior varsity squad went 12-6 last season, having the best JV record in the 3A Southeast Quadrant.
“I got to be around these kids during the basketball and football season. They are great human beings, which I’m most excited about. The best way to lead a good program is to have great humans in it,” Barker said. “They know how passionate I am about their lives, not just as a basketball coach. I’m excited to lead them in that aspect. I think them having that relationship with me is going to help move things forward.”
Prior to his arrival in Torrington, Barker had been an assistant coach at Sheridan High School under the direction of head coach Jeff Martini.
“I’ve learned a lot from him. One, how to be a selfless leader and how to lead young men. He’s a huge family man and does things the right way. I couldn’t be more thankful to have opportunity of coaching under him.”
The excitement of learning the news is still sinking in for Barker.
“I’m very excited. It’s surreal at the moment,” Barker said. “Things are in place for us to move forward in this journey.”