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North Central athletic director battling COVID-19 has died, his son says

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Paul Loggan, athletic director at North Central High School, who was battling coronavirus, died Sunday, his son said.

His son, Michael Loggan, announced his father’s death on Sunday in a social media post, saying, “Dad just know you have a whole team down here, and please look after us! We love you! #Paulstrong.” The rest of the post said, “He gave us everything he had, and that’s all we can ask for. My dad passed away today at 1:32 p.m. Dad know you have a whole team down here that loves you and please look after all of us. #Paulstrong.”

Washington Township Schools on Sunday evening shared statements from the superintendent, the school board and others, in remembrance of Loggan.

The Washington Township (WT) school community has a very heavy heart today.  Earlier this afternoon we lost a champion, North Central (NC) High School Athletic Director Paul Loggan.    Our thoughts and support continue to be with his wife and children during this difficult time. 

Mr. Loggan has been a vital part of the WT staff family since 1988 and became NC Athletic Director in 2014.  During his 31 years at North Central High School he has been a Teacher, Coach, Department Chair, Assistant Athletic Director and finally Athletic Director.  He has been dedicated to North Central and the success of students for decades.  His competitive, hard-working and passionate spirit made him loved by staff, parents and students. 

I recently interviewed Mr. Loggan on WJEL radio and he was beaming with passion for NC athletics.  Any statistic on NC athletics he knew as well as the success stories of his thousands of athletes he oversaw.  Mr. Loggan has touched many lives throughout his life and career. 

Mr. Loggan, you will be missed.  Thank you for being a great husband, Dad, coach, Athletic Director and champion for student success.  You always made me a proud Superintendent Mr. Loggan and I will miss standing on the sidelines at athletic competitions with you.  You are loved by many, rest in peace my friend.

– Dr. Nikki Woodson, Superintendent, Washington Township Schools

North Central Principal Evans Branigan shared a message for students and said the school’s stadium lights would be turned on Sunday and left on all night in honor of Loggan.

“North Central families, this is Principal Branigan and I come to you with a heavy heart this evening.  North Central Athletic Director, Paul Loggan, lost his battle with Covid-19 and passed away earlier this afternoon. Paul has been the face of NC athletics for over 30 years and my friend for 25.  I’m lucky to have been able to call Paul my friend as he modeled loyalty, dedication, passion and compassion.  He and his family are engrained in the fabric of our NC culture.

Parents, although we’re not in the building to provide face to face supports, please share with your child that they can reach out to their counselor via email and their counselor will respond.  Even if they just want to put their thoughts and feelings into an email and share them with no response intended, please do so.  Paul Loggan, to his core, was a coach and thus I leave you with this quote from Coach Ara Parseghian, “A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”

Principal Evans Branigan, North Central High School

“The members of the Washington Township School Board were saddened to learn of the loss of one of our Washington Township family members, Coach Paul Loggan.  For many decades, Coach Loggan has been a pillar to Indiana high school athletics, high school football,  Washington Township Schools and North Central High School. If there was any question about any part of North Central athletics, Coach Loggan knew the answer.  In addition to being a devoted husband and father to his wife and children,  Coach Loggan was a dad, a mentor, a friend, teacher and coach to many students at North Central.  He has followed many of his students way beyond their high school years and has been one of the most favorites for North Central’s alumni to visit when they are in town or visiting North Central.  He is a legend that will truly be missed, but never forgotten.”

Washington Township School Board

And the North Central Athletic boosters spoke of Loggan’s work for student-athletes:

“The North Central Athletic Boosters are deeply saddened at Paul’s passing. Paul’s love for and dedication to North Central’s student athletes was unparalleled. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his athletes to ensure they excelled not only on the playing field but also in the classroom. He never stopped looking for ways to help his athletes and would always say, “I’m doing this for the kids.”  Paul will be deeply missed and his legacy will last through the lives of all of the athletes and families he has supported over the years. Our sympathies go out to his wife, Kathy, and his children Michael, Will and Sami.”  

North Central Athletic Boosters

News 8’s Dan Klein talked to Michael on April 6, when Paul was hospitalized with the virus. And he learned about Paul Loggan’s legacy at North Central from teacher and coach Mark Haste. Below find those interviews.

Students and even rival schools have reached out with support to Paul Loggan.

“Being with each other and know we have the support of the community behind us gives us that will to keep going,” said Paul’s son, Michael.

Paul Loggan has been a part of Washington Township Schools for more than 30 years.

Not even his family is allowed by his side at St. Vincent Hospital, as part of the precautions the hospital is taking. Loggan is heavily sedated and on a ventilator.

The prayers and support from the Washington Township community mean everything to Michael and the rest of the family.

“We’re sitting by a phone 24/7, just waiting for it to ring,” said Michael.

It’s a wait that has been going on for days for the Loggan family.

Michael graduated from North Central in 2014. His younger brother is also a North Central graduate, and his sister is part of the class of 2020.

The medical team usually calls twice with update: once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

After a roller coaster of sickness last week, Paul went to the hospital on Wednesday when he was having trouble breathing.

“Every day is a battle. We’ll have our good hours and we’ll have our bad hours,” said Michael.

As word spread, the support began pouring in, including a video compilation nearly six minutes long from senior athletes wishing him the best, sent to a man who tried not to miss a minute of their matches or meets, who is now in his own struggle.

Few would know better than Michael.

“North Central is just his life. That whole community, Washington Township would do absolutely anything for him. They are repaying the favor by sending all the prayers and having our back right now,” Michael said.

North Central teacher and coach Mark Haste has known Paul Loggan almost 40 years.

“He always puts himself behind everybody else,” Haste said.

The support from kids is no surprise to him, for as many years as Paul Loggan has put kids first.

“You know that people touch other people, but times like this, you actually see and get a chance to get a glimpse of what that impact has been like,” Haste said.

It’s a battle that’s come out of nowhere for Paul Loggan.

Michael’s message to everyone under the governor’s orders is “Stay at home. Do your part. You don’t think that it will happen to you, but you don’t know.”

“He’s a big softie for us, but he’s the toughest guy I know. He’s fighting for us and we’re fighting for him,” Michael said.

So while they may be apart, but Paul’s not alone, judging by all the messages and tweets with #PaulStrong.

“We just thank you as the Loggan family. It means the absolute most to us,” Michael said.

Indiana coronavirus timeline

  • March 6: Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirms the first case in Indiana. Officials say the Marion County resident had recently traveled to Boston to attend a BioGen conference as a contractor.
  • March 8: ISDH confirms a second case. An adult in Hendricks County who had also traveled to the BioGen conference was placed in isolation. Noblesville Schools announces that a parent and that parent’s children will be self-quarantining after attending an out-of-state event where someone else tested positive.
  • March 9: ISDH’s total of positive cases rises to 4. Avon Community School Corp. had announced on March 8 that a student tested positive; that case, along with another in Noble County, was confirmed by state health officials at a news conference.
  • March 10: ISDH’s total of positive cases rises to 6 as the state launches an online tracker. Purdue and Indiana universities suspend classes for two weeks beyond their spring breaks. Ball State University basketball fans learn the Mid-American Conference tourney will have no fans in the stands. Three businesses operating nursing homes in Indiana announce they will no longer allow visitors.
  • March 11: ISDH confirms four more positive cases in Indiana. The University of Indianapolis announces it will extend its ongoing spring break through March 22. The Indianapolis-based NCAA announces the men’s and women’s Final Four basketball tournaments will be conducted with essential staff and limited family attendance. The Big Ten announces all sports events, including the men’s basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, will have no fans starting March 12. Ball State University announces classes are suspended for the rest of the spring semester. NBA suspends all games, including the Indiana Pacers, until further notice. Butler University extends its spring break, after which it will go to virtual classes.
  • March 12: ISDH’s total of positive cases rises 12. Taylor University cancels international and domestic spring break trips for students and faculty sponsors. Indianapolis’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled. Gov. Eric Holcomb announces new protections that led to extended public school closings and the cancellation of large events across the state. The league including the Indy Fuel hockey team suspends its season. Indy Eleven says it will reschedule four matches, including its April 4 home opener. The NCAA cancels the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The Big Ten suspends all sporting events through the winter and spring seasons.
  • March 13: Gov. Holcomb announces additional actions — they included eliminating Medicaid co-pays for COVID-19 testing and lifting regulations limiting the number of work hours per day for drivers of commercial vehicles — to help stop the coronavirus. Wayzata Home Products, a Connersville cabinet maker, shut down and lays off its entire workforce due to market uncertainty associated with the coronavirus. The Indiana High School Athletic Association postpones the boys basketball tournament. Franklin College says it will have no in-person classes March 16 and 17, start online classes March 18 through at least April 5 and empty residence halls of students by 5 p.m. March 15. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis says it will be closed March 14-28. The Indianapolis Public Library joins other libraries across Indiana and says it will close all facilities until further notice beginning at 5 p.m. March 14.
  • March 14: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 15. The Indiana Gaming Commission says all licensed gaming and racing operations will close 14 days starting March 16.
  • March 15: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 19, with 121 tested. St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis announces all elective, non-urgent surgeries are canceled as of Tuesday.
  • March 16: Gov. Eric Holcomb announces the first Hoosier death. ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 24. Holcomb closes bars, restaurants and nightlubs to in-person patrons, while carryout and delivery services will still be allowed.
  • March 17: ISDH announces the second Hoosier death. Indiana’s Catholic bishops announce the cancellation of Sunday and weekday public masses. Gov. Holcomb activates the National Guard to assist as needed with the virus response. Purdue, Butler and Indiana State universities cancel May commencement ceremonies.
  • March 18: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 39. Eli Lilly and Co. says it will use its labs to speed up testing in Indiana for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The 500 Festival announces suspends all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9. Simon Property Group closes all malls and retail properties until March 29.
  • March 19: ISDH’s total number of positive cases rises to 56. Gov. Holcomb extends Indiana’s state of emergency into May. Holcomb says all K-12 public schools will be closed until May 1 and nonpublic schools also are to close. Standardized testing was canceled. The state’s income-tax and corporate-tax payment deadline was extended to July 15. Holcomb says the state will waive job search requirements for people applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament was canceled. The Marion County Emergency Operations Center upgrades to Level 1 status.
  • March 20: ISDH reports the third Hoosier death and 23 new cases for a total of 79. Gov. Holcomb moves the state’s primary election to June 2. Indiana University says it is postponing May commencement ceremonies on all campuses. Indiana University Health says it can do limited virus testing.
  • March 21: ISDH reports the fourth Hoosier death, and 47 new cases positive for a total of 126. A total of 833 people have been tested for the virus. Indiana National Guard details how it’s working with the Department of Transportation on distribution of medical supplies to hospitals.
  • March 22: Indiana’s death toll rises to 7. ISDH reports 75 more positive cases.
  • March 23: ISDH reports 259 cases of COVID-19, up from 201 a day earlier. Gov. Holcomb orders Hoosiers deemed nonessential to “stay at home” from March 24-April 7. Eli Lilly & Co. begins drive-thru testing for the coronavirus for health care workers with a doctor’s order. Ball State University cancels the May commencement.
  • March 24: Indiana’s death toll rises to 13. Fred Payne of Indiana Workforce Development says any Hoosiers out of work, including temporary layoffs, are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits.
  • March 25: Indiana’s death toll rises 17. Indianapolis Motor Speedway announces the Indianapolis 500 is moved to Aug. 23. IndyGo suspends fares and changes its ride schedules.
  • March 27: Indiana’s death toll rises to 25. Marion County adds 192 new positive COVID-19 cases, the most of any county in the state for the day, for a total of 484. Indiana has 981 confirmed cases.
  • March 28: Indiana’s death toll rises to 31. Marion County adds 100 new cases, the most of any county in the state, for a total of 584. Indiana has 1,232 confirmed cases.
  • March 29: Indiana’s death toll rises to 32. Marion County adds 92 new positive cases, the most of any county in the state, for a total 676. Indiana has 1,514 confirmed cases. President Donald Trump announces in a press conference that the national social distancing recommendation will be extended by 30 days, to end April 30.
  • March 30: Indiana’s death toll rises to 35. Marion County had the most new cases in the state with 135, for a total of 804. Indiana health commissioner Dr. Kris Box predicted the arrival of the surge in cases and deaths could come in mid-April to late April, but could be as late as mid-May, “but we don’t know.”
  • March 31: Indiana’s death toll rises to 49. Gov. Holcomb extends the limits of bars and restaurants to offer only “to go” and “carry out” through April 6. Health commissioner Box, asked about when Indiana will be in a surge of COVID-19 cases, says she thinks the surge is starting.
  • April 1: Indiana’s death toll rises to 65. Officials extend Marion County’s “stay at home” order through May 1. Marion County health officials say they will start COVID-19 testing services for frontline employees.The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis says it will remain closed until further notice. Gov. Holcomb announces the #InThisTogether campaign.
  • April 2: Indiana’s death toll rises to 78. The state announces K-12 schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. The Indiana High School Athletic Association cancels spring sports seasons.
  • April 3: Indiana’s death toll rises to 102. Gov. Holcomb extends the “stay at home” order through April 20. Indiana officials say the state has received a federal Major Disaster Declaration for all 92 counties. The Indiana National Guard says it, the Army Corps of Engineers and state health officials will begin on Saturday to assess sites for alternate health care facilities.
  • April 4: ISDH reports 14 more deaths, bringing the state’s total to 116. 3,953 Hoosiers have tested positive, with 116 deaths and 19,800 total tests conducted. 
  • April 5: ISDH reports 11 more deaths in Indiana.
  • April 6: Indiana’s death toll rises to 139. The state reports one Madison County nursing home has had 11 deaths. Gov. extends the “stay at home” order through April 20. He also limits additional businesses to carry-out only.
  • April 7: Indiana’s death toll rises to 173. A total of 5,507 Hoosiers have tested positive. Indiana health commissioner Box notes four long-term care facilities have 22 deaths that appear to be related to COVID-19.
  • April 8: Indiana surpasses 200 deaths. Indiana now has 203 deaths and 5,943 confirmed cases. A total of 30,869 Hoosiers have been tested.
  • April 9: ISDH says 6,351 Hoosiers have been tested positive, resulting in 245 deaths. A total of 32,133 Hoosiers have been tested.
  • April 10: ISDH says 6,907 Hoosiers have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in 300 deaths. A total of 35,040 Hoosiers have been tested. ISDH said 24 residents of a long-term care facility in Madison County have died from COVID-related illness.
  • April 11: 30 more deaths are announced, bringing Indiana’s total to 330.
  • April 12: A total of 343 Hoosiers have now died due to COVID-19, according to ISDH. Just under 8,000 cases have been confirmed in Indiana.
  • April 13: Indiana stands at 350 deaths and 8,236 positive coronavirus cases, according to ISDH.
  • April 14: ISDH announces 313 more cases and 37 more deaths, bringing the totals to 8,527 positive cases and 387 deaths.
  • April 15: ISDH announces 49 more deaths for a total of 463. The total of positive cases grows to 8,955.
  • April 16: Indiana reports 477 deaths and 9,542 positive cases. The governor says he expects Indiana to experience a reopening in early May.
  • April 17: ISDH reports 519 deaths and 10,154 positive cases. The governor says that he will be extending the stay-at-home order through May 1, although some restrictions may be lifted in the new order.
  • April 18: ISDH reports 26 more deaths. ISDH says there are now 10,641 positive cases and 545 Hoosiers have died as a result of the virus.
  • April 19: 17 more Hoosiers have died according to ISDH, bringing Indiana’s total to 562.
  • April 20: ISDH reports seven new deaths. ISDH says there are now 11,686 positive cases and 569 deaths related to the virus. Holcomb extended the “stay at home” order to May 1. The governor also said, if the medical supply chain is in good shape, other elective medical procedures can resume April 27.
  • April 21: Indiana reports more than 12,000 positive cases and more than 600 deaths.
  • April 22: Indiana reports 12,438 COVID-19 cases and 661 deaths. The Tyson facility in Logansport voluntarily closes so 2,200 employees can be tested for COVID-19.
  • April 23: Indiana reports 13,039 COVID-19 cases and 709 deaths.
  • April 24: Indiana reports 13,680 COVID-19 cases and 741 deaths. The Indianapolis City-County Council unanimously approved $25 million in an emergency meeting to help small businesses. Fishers City Council creates a city health department with a plan to test every resident.
  • April 25: Indiana reports 14,395 COVID-19 cases and 785 deaths. ISDH launched an antibody testing study for Hoosiers on Saturday. Thousands of residents were randomly selected to participate in the study.
  • April 26: Indiana reports 15,012 positive COVID-19 cases and 813 total deaths.
  • April 27: Indiana reports 15,961 positive COVID-19 cases and 844 total deaths.
  • April 28: Indiana reports 16,588 positive COVID-19 cases and 901 total deaths. Indiana officials say they are opening up COVID-19 testing to more Hoosiers, with expanded criteria and new testing services at 20 sites around the state.
  • April 29: Indiana reports 17,182 positive COVID-19 cases and 964 total deaths. The state said it will spent $43 million on contact tracing.
  • April 30: Indiana reports 17,835 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,007 total deaths. Indianapolis extends its stay-at-home order through May 15.
  • May 1: Indiana reports 18,630 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,062 deaths. Gov. Eric Holcomb announces a phased reopening plan for the state of Indiana. He also extends the stay-at-home order to May 4.
  • May 2: Indiana reports 19,295 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,115 deaths.
  • May 3: Indiana reports 19,993 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,132 deaths.
  • May 4: Indiana reports 583 more COVID-19 cases and 19 additional deaths. The stay-at-home order ends for most of Indiana. That order will end May 11 in Lake and Marion counties, and May 18 in Cass County.
  • May 5: Indiana reports 21,033 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,213 deaths.
  • May 6: Indiana reports 21,870 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,264 deaths. Ivy Tech Community College says it will continue virtual classes when summer courses begin in June.
  • May 7: Indiana reports 22,503 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,295 deaths.
  • May 8: Indiana reports 23,146 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,328 deaths. Cris Johnston, director of the Office of Budget and Management, said the state missed out on nearly $1 billion in anticipated April revenues. All state agencies will be given budget-cutting goals.
  • May 9: Indiana reports 23,732 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,362 deaths.
  • May 10: Indiana reports 24,126 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,379 deaths.
  • May 11: Indiana reports 24,627 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,411 deaths.
  • May 12: Indiana reports 25,127 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,444 deaths.
  • May 13: Indiana reports 25,473 COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 1,482 deaths. The first phase of a state-sponsored study of the coronavirus estimated about 186,000 Hoosiers had COVID-19 or the antibodies for the novel virus by May 1. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced plans for limited reopenings of worship services, retail establishments, the libraries and restaurants.