Hannan’s center-back Logan Foster knew she wanted to go to the University of Kansas.
But it looked as if the senior would have to attend a different university if she wanted to pursue her dream of playing collegiate sports. Then one click on her soccer recruiting profile changed everything.
The 5-foot-10 senior signed to become a rower for the Jayhawks during a ceremony at Hannan’s Heritage Hall Jan. 24.
“It was pretty crazy,” Foster said of how Michigan State first contacted her about rowing ahead of her senior season
“They saw my football videos and they saw my size and strength. And they asked if I had ever thought about rowing.”
The answer was no, but then she started thinking about the sport.
“The more I got into 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 at Michigan State, I could do it at Kansas.”
She got to the Jayhawks and the rest is history.
“They said it was easier to teach someone who had never done it before,” Foster said. “They have a lot of non-rowers on the team. They have a whole beginner’s class. They teach you everything. I’m just fit and willing to work hard.”
And that’s how a rower was born, or more accurately, recruited.
Foster’s future in Kansas is something of a homecoming. Her family moved to Louisiana from Kansas when she was in second grade. The senior joked that she’s ready for seasons again. She also keeps up a family tradition – her father earned his master’s degree in Kansas.
But before heading north to study physical therapy, Foster said she still has some unfinished business on the soccer field. Hannan, the defending Division III runner-up, is currently No. 1 and seems poised for another run in the playoffs that begin next week.
“I’m so excited for the rest of the football season,” said Foster. “I really want to go out with a bang this year. There is definitely still work to be done to reach that national final last year. But I think we’re in an excellent position to go back there. This is my last hooray because I’m not doing club football anymore.”
Hannan football coach John Dempsey said Foster’s upcoming move to rowing shows how talented she is as an athlete after playing varsity football for four years.
“She’s a huge part of our success,” Dempsey said. “The dream of being a Division I athlete was born out of soccer for her, but it’s a pretty cool path she’s taken to get where she wants to be. She is a fantastic athlete and a hard worker. And that’s what makes a lot of these rowers recruit from programs because it’s not a traditional youth sport.”