Hannan soccer standout signs to row at Kansas | St. Tammany community news

Hannan soccer standout signs to row at Kansas | St. Tammany community news

Hannan center back Logan Foster knew she wanted to attend the University of Kansas.

But it seemed that if the senior wanted to fulfill the dream of being a college athlete, she would have to attend another college. Then, one click on his football scout profile changed everything.

The 5-foot-10 senior signed to become a rower for the Jayhawks in a ceremony at Hannan’s Heritage Hall on January 24.

“It was pretty crazy,” Foster said, of how Michigan State first contacted her before her senior season about rowing.

“They saw my football videos, and they saw my height and my strength. And they asked me if I had ever thought about rowing before.”

The answer was no, but then she started considering sports.

“The more I thought about it, the more I thought I could do it,” Foster said. “The more I thought about it, the more I thought if I could do it in Michigan State, I could do it in Kansas.”

She reached out to the Jayhawks, and the rest is history.

“They said it’s easier to teach someone who’s never done it before,” Foster said. “They have a lot of non-rowers on the team. They have a whole novice class. They teach you everything. I’m just fit and ready to work hard.”

And thus, a rower is born or, more correctly, recruited.

Foster’s future in Kansas is something of a homecoming. Her family moved from Kansas to Louisiana when she was in second grade. The senior joked that she was ready for the seasons again. She’s also carrying on a family tradition — her father earned his master’s degree in Kansas.

But before heading north to study physiotherapy, Foster said she had unfinished business on the soccer field. Hannan, the defending Division III runner-up, is currently the No. 1 seed and looks set to make another playoff run, which begins next week.

“I’m so excited about the rest of the football season,” Foster said. “I really want to go out with a bang this year. There’s definitely some unfinished business to get to that state finals last year. But I think we’re in a great position to get back there. That’s my last hurray because I’m not doing club football anymore.”

Hannan’s football coach John Dempsey said Foster’s impending switch to rowing shows just how talented she is as an athlete after playing four years of college football.

“She’s been a big part of the success we’ve had,” Dempsey said. “The dream of being a Division I athlete was born out of football for her, but it’s been a pretty cool road she’s taken to get where she wants to be. She’s a fantastic athlete and a hard worker. And that’s what a lot of these programs are recruiting because it’s not a traditional youth sport.”

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