ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — This won’t be a normal road trip for Dave Logan.
Logan, the Voice of the Broncos, won’t be on the team’s charter flight to Houston for Denver’s Week 14 game against the Texans.
He won’t be on a direct flight from Denver to Houston, either. There aren’t any that fit with his schedule.
Instead, he’ll take a commercial flight to Dallas on Saturday night and rent a car. He’ll then drive nearly 250 miles — and he estimates he’ll get to the team’s hotel around 4 a.m.
The Broncos’ buses head to NRG Stadium just a few hours later.
“I’ll be fatigued for the game on Sunday, but you know what, it’s all been worth it for me,” said Logan, who calls the team’s games on KOA Radio.
The reason for Logan’s meandering route to Houston? He’ll be at Empower Field at Mile High earlier on Saturday as he aims to coach Cherry Creek High School to another 5A state title.
Logan, who won with Cherry Creek in 2014, has won seven state titles and appeared in 11 championship games during his 27-year high school coaching career.
His success as a high school coach earned him a spot this week in the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Logan is one of six inductees for the Class of 2020
“It was terrific to get the call,” Logan said Friday. “I’m very honored. I have such respect for teachers and coaches. I benefited as a youth from really having tremendous mentors as coaches. So it always was important to me. To be honored like this is really special for me and my family.”
He will be inducted on Saturday, March 28 in Aurora.
Logan is already enshrined in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, Jefferson County Sports Hall of Fame, the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame and the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.
In his 30th year calling games for the Broncos, Logan said he makes sure to not let the line between his two jobs blur.
“I completely separate them,” Logan said. “I don’t ever talk to my kids about what I do or my previous career in the NFL. This is their time, and I want to make sure — and I have over 27 years — we are there for them. It’s their time for sure.”
Logan has made an impact on student-athletes at Cherry Creek, Arvada West, Chatfield and Mullen High Schools during his coaching career — and he won at least one state title at each stop.
He said he initially started coaching to honor his father.
“My dad, prior to his passing, would talk about always working with kids,” Logan said. “He was my youth coach in football and basketball and [talked about] the importance of giving back and working with kids and trying to mentor them and teach them a few life lessons, as well as some of the skill set of the particular sport. And so honestly, I wanted to do it, but I did it to honor him. Ironically, he passed in January of the first year that I was a head coach that fall. It’s something that’s always been really important to me.”
When Logan arrives in Houston, he could have another state title to his name. Cherry Creek faces Columbine on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Empower Field at Mile High.
“[They’re a] well-coached, big, physical team,” Logan said. “They run the ball as well as any team in the state. They eat the clock. You’re always a couple of possessions short in this game because of the length of drives. So we have to be stout up front, and we have to tackle well. And then we have to maximize our opportunities on offense, because you’re limited. There’s a little bit of a dichotomy, because you want to take some big shots but you also want to stay on the field offensively to help your defense. Every time we play them, it’s a knock-down, drag-out fight.”
If Cherry Creek can earn a win after losing in last year’s state final, Logan’s early-morning drive to Houston may seem just a bit shorter.