Levine Adds to UH Staff, Hires Veteran D-Line Coach Ricky Logo
Jan. 16, 2012
Houston, Texas - University of Houston Head Coach Tony Levine bolstered his coaching staff on Monday as he announced the addition of Ricky Logo, formerly the co-defensive coordinator at Troy University and defensive line coach at Vanderbilt. Logo will join current defensive line coach Carlton Hall in mentoring the UH defensive front in 2012.
Logo has experience coaching each position along the defensive line. His resume includes mentoring 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.
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, working alongside current UH defensive coordinator Jamie Bryant.
"I'm excited to add Coach Logo to our program and his enthusiasm and experience will pay immediate dividends for us defensively," Levine said. "Defensive line is such a critical position in college football today and to have both Coach Logo and Coach Hall work with that position group is tremendous for our program going forward."
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.
"I want to thank Coach Levine and everyone at Houston for this incredible opportunity," Logo said. "I have great admiration for what this program has become in recent years and my family and I are proud to call Houston our home."
A strong relationship with former Vanderbilt Head Coach Bruce Fowler took Logo to Furman for the 2011 season. The Paladans went 6-5 this season in their first season, including wins over two Top 5 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.
A multi-sport talent, Logo starred as a prep in football, wrestling and track and field at Spencer (Ga.) High School. He and his wife Folole have two sons, Eliah and Enoka.