Ricky Logo enters his third season as the defensive line coach at the University of Houston.
Logo has experience coaching each position along the defensive line. His resume includes working with NFL All-Pro defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants and Demarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys, both of whom starred for Logo at Troy.
Logo's nine-man defensive line in 2013 was instrumental in the Cougars' defensive turnaround, ranking third nationally among most-improved scoring defenses. Tyus Bowser led all freshmen in The American Athletic Conference and was second on the team with 4.5 sacks. Bowser was also one of three defensive linemen with an interception on the year, joined by B.J. Singleton and Tomme Mark. The group also has three fumble recoveries from Jeremiah Farley, Cameron Malveaux and Eric Eiland, who returned his 62 yards vs. SMU. Logo's group accounted for 36.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
The 2012 season saw Logo oversee a defensive tackle group that was hit hard by the injury bug combine for 89 tackles and three fumble recoveries.
Overall the Santa Ana, Calif., native spent five seasons in Troy, Ala., three as the defensive line coach and two more as the program's co-defensive coordinator. He left that position in 2007 to become the defensive line coach at Vanderbilt.
While at Vanderbilt the defensive front made incredible strides and two of his players, Curtis Gatewood and Theo Horrocks, signed NFL free agent contracts. He was also part of a staff that led Vandy to its first winning season since 1982 thanks to a 16-14 victory over Boston College in the 2008 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.
Holding a strong relationship with former Vanderbilt Head Coach Bruce Fowler took Logo to Furman for the 2011 season. The Paladins went 6-5 this season in their first season, including wins over two top-five programs.
Logo began his coaching career in 1995 at Chattanooga. He worked with the Mocs' defensive line and advanced to defensive coordinator just a few years later in 2001. He then spent one season at Western Carolina as assistant head coach and defensive line coach before his move to Troy.
Logo played collegiately along the defensive line at North Carolina State. The Wolfpack advanced to four consecutive bowl games and he was named both team captain and All-ACC in 1992 as a senior. N.C. State went 32-16-1 during his four seasons and he finished his playing career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL before suffering a career-ending injury as a rookie.
Logo graduated from North Carolina State in 1992 with a degree in sociology.
Demarcus Ware (Troy), Broncos
Seven-time NFL Pro Bowler
2004 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
2004 Hendricks Award finalist
Osi Umenyiora (Troy), Falcons
Two-time NFL Pro Bowler
2002 Honorable Mention All-American
Steve McLendon (Troy), Steelers
Tim Fugger (Vanderbilt), Jets