Century has found its next football coach.
The Diamondbacks named Logan Horrocks to the vacant role, Century Athletic Director Mark Pixton confirmed to the Idaho State Journal on Wednesday. Horrocks has been an assistant at Jerome for the past five seasons, most recently serving as defensive coordinator for a Tigers team that claimed the 4A District 4 title.
The new Diamondbacks coach was on the Century campus Wednesday, meeting with assistants, introducing himself to the football players and getting the lay of the land at his new home. It only intensified his itch to get rolling in the purple and black.
“I’m all in. I’m the type of person that when I want something, I go and get it,” Horrocks said. “I want to move here now and get going now. Give me a classroom, let me be with these kids. That part actually kills me. I took the day off today to meet with the kids, so they could put a face to the title and get them excited, thinking about football.”
The new job is somewhat of a Pocatello homecoming for Horrocks, who played linebacker at Idaho State in 2009 and 2010.
He finished his ISU education in 2015 and was the defensive coordinator for Blackfoot’s junior varsity team for a season before moving on to Jerome.
Aside from a shootout against Burley, Jerome’s defense under Horrocks allowed just 25 points in its other five conference games last season. That, Jerome coach Sid Gambles said, is a credit to the game plans devised by his defensive coordinator.
“He is a super good X’s and O’s guy and knows how to coach defense thoroughly. He understands schemes well and understands what offenses are trying to do and takes it away,” Gambles said.
“What I told him that would benefit him the most is that he doesn’t have any preconceived notions for some of these kids. He can come in and say, ‘You’re being too harsh on that kid,’ or ‘You’re too soft on this kid’ … He needs to use that to his advantage.”
The Century job came open after former Century coach Travis Hobson – who has since taken the athletic director job at Thunder Ridge – resigned in March. The Diamondbacks went 7-4 in 2020, winning the 4A District 5 crown and advancing to the 4A state semifinals.
While Century lost a number of seniors, it returns quarterback McKean Romriell and wide receiver Bruin Fleischmann, who recently committed to Air Force. In other words, Horrocks will have talent to work with and players to build around.
“One thing I feel very strongly about is you need to fit your scheme to your payers – not the other way around,” Horrocks said. “I’ve really been talking to coaches on the previous staff about their philosophy and being able to adapt to our kids.”
Horrocks’ charisma and passion is evident after just a few words. He’s already begun watching film on his new team, trying to familiarize himself with Century’s personnel. He’s already excited that Century opens up against Minico, a team Horrocks’ Jerome defense shut down. He’s already begun preparing for his next chapter, showing off the early work ethic Gambles remembered when he first hired Horrocks.
In other words, as Gambles put it, “If he fails, he’ll fail in a blaze of glory.”