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New athletic director brings change to athletic program

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New Athletic Director Nicholas Logalbo, center, meets with Assistant Athletic Director Jane Milsap, left, in Gym 1.

New Athletic Director Nicholas Logalbo, center, meets with Assistant Athletic Director Jane Milsap, left, in Gym 1.

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Simone Brenner

New Athletic Director Nicholas Logalbo, center, meets with Assistant Athletic Director Jane Milsap, left, in Gym 1.

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Growing up, Mr. Logalbo always had a love for sports. From wanting to be a professional basketball player to being a coach, sports has always been a major part of his life. Along with sports, another passion of his also emerged as he wanted to positively impact the lives of others.

As former AD Brian Hofman stepped down in June, Mr. Logalbo now has the opportunity to do both as he has been appointed the new head athletic director going into the 2017-18 school year.  

Logalbo graduated from Lane in 2001 before returning in 2005 as a basketball coach and student teacher. Once he finished student teaching, he was later offered a full-time position within the English department where he has served for the last 12 years.

Working alongside each other for more than a decade, Hofman and Logalbo have both contributed in developing a strong athletic program that has produced numerous city championships over the past 12 years.

“I just want to thank Mr. Hofman for his years of service and for his mentorship,” Logalbo said. “He’s done an unbelievable job and left the department in a great place, and I’m just happy to build on what he’s done and continue to grow the department.”

Hofman has worked at Lane for the past 13 years. In that span he spent time as an athletic trainer, physical education teacher and most recently athletic director.

However, with the change in leadership from Hofman to Logalbo comes several changes to the athletic program itself.  

One of the first programs implemented within the athletic department was the MaxOne software. This software allows for faster communication in case anything unexpected happens, so that everyone will be aware and problems can quickly be fixed.

“One of the great tools through MaxOne is the ability to send one-way messages via text or email, to athletes, coaches, parents, etc.,” Logalbo said.

Both Gym 1 and Gym 2 have been renovated — the rock wall was removed from Gym 2 and both gym floors were refinished over the summer.

The additional space in Gym 2 allows for the JV and freshman volleyball and basketball teams to have their games in Gym 2, instead of in Gym 1 after the varsity games.

One change that has already generated some discussion was the decision to remove the Indian logo from the center of Gym 1 and replace it with an LT logo. Logalbo said this change had to do with the branding of Lane sports teams with one unified LT logo rather than many differing designs throughout the department.

“We have just decided, that in our rebranding we want to make sure we are using those logos,” Logalbo said. “We are still the Indians, but that’s what we are using for our uniforms.”

Along with the gym renovations, the girls’ locker room is being renovated with new lockers, wall repairs, and fresh paint. Renovations are set to begin once school starts, which will limit access to the lockers for the female sports teams, but accommodations have been made for the time being while construction is taking place, Logalbo said.

Lane is already known as the “School of Champions,” but Logalbo hopes to give that a greater meaning on and off the field.

“It should translate outside of just the playing field and into the community. That’s something I’m very big on; we are going to try to grow that [community] dynamic,” Logalbo said. “We are the school of champions, and that moniker doesn’t just apply to the playing field.”

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