Logan Signs to Play Soccer for DePauw University
Jayla Logan, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana this fall. DePauw University is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and a NCAA Division III athletic institution. She is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Logan.
Logan was drawn to DePauw University because of its strong management fellows’ program and multitude of internship opportunities. “I also really resonated with the women’s soccer coach, team values, and believe I can contribute to the team’s future successes,” said Jayla Logan, who plans to major in chemistry and minor in economics as she works toward her long-term goal as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lily.
Logan, a multisport athlete, has been playing soccer since age of 5. She has been recognized on and off the field for her achievements. She served as the Heights’ girls soccer team captain twice; named as the team’s MVP twice; named to the ALL Conference team twice, 1st Team All District twice; and received an All-State Honorable mention. She was named Defensive Player of the Year and ISCA Girls Top Team player in 2019 and named Academic All-State twice.
In wrestling, she was a 2021 state qualifier at 6th place; a 2022 State Qualifier at 4th place; and named Academic All-State twice. She was a three-year member of the Girls Varsity Track & Field team and named a 2021 Academic All State. In addition, she is secretary of the senior Student Government class and member of the National Honor Society.
Logan built her skill on the field through club soccer, works with a personal trainer, and set up a goal in her backyard during the COVID-19 lockdown. In addition, she trains at the gym in her free time with her dad. Being a member of the as wrestling and track teams have helped keep her skills, agility, and stamina strong for soccer.
She says her parents are her biggest supporters. Whether it was her dad throwing soccer balls at her to develop ball control or her folks traveling with her to soccer tournaments, they have been there every step of the way to help her prepare for post-secondary success.
“I’m super excited to see what the next four years bring for me at DePauw,” she added. “I’m confident that this university will provide me the tools necessary for a successful future!”
“Jayla has been an outstanding role model for the girls’ soccer team the past four years,” said Hamilton Heights High School Athletic Director, Kurt Ogden.
“She is such a hard worker on the field and in the classroom and has a very strong will to succeed. She has earned this opportunity to play at the next level from her commitment to excellence in everything she does. We wish her well at DePauw University the next four years.” Travis Kauffman, Hamilton Heights High School Girls Soccer Head Coach, added that Jayla has personified the attitude and teammate-centered play that can change the direction of a program. “During her four years with the women’s soccer program, she helped change the culture of our team and was a central part of the most successful four-year periods of my tenure,” Coach Kauffman explained. “Jayla has always been a tremendously hard worker and has very high expectations for herself. But even more importantly, she trains and plays for her teammates and looks for ways to help make them better. Jayla will be missed but her talent and leadership is legacy to be proud of.”