Our goal is to encourage a lifetime of health and wellness for our members. We are working with both public and private partners to provide affordable programs, services, and opportunities for the residents of Southern West Virginia.

The Chief Logan Recreational Center is working to become a valuable resource for our community. The Center sits on six acres of reclaimed surface mining property. Located adjacent to the Earl Ray Tomblin Conference Center, the Chief Logan Recreational Center is working to provide our citizens unparalleled access to a better quality of life.

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kids swimming

Wed., June 11, marks the first swim meet for the Southern West Virginia Stingrays

against the Berry Hills Country Club in a Summer League meet at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. The meet starts at 6 p.m.

The Stingrays have made their home at the Chief Logan Recreational Center since 2012, and they are a HYCAT affiliate. HYCAT is a multilevel swimming program where, through the pursuit of excellence, swimmers of all ages and skill levels can reach their highest swimming potential while building outstanding character and developing leadership qualities for tomorrow.

The team is open to swimmers aged 8 to 18, and always looking for new team members.

The sport of competitive swim is energetic, exciting, and fast-paced. Swimmers find their endurance tested not only in meets, but in practice, as well. Parents and fans are on the edge of their seats as races are often decided by tenths of a second.

The Stingrays are meeting for practice three times this week to prepare for their first meet.

For more information about how to join the Stingrays, contact Coach Kristi Walter at 304-855-8591 or To view their full schedule, visit their website at

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The University of Pikeville men’s tennis team loves the Chief Logan Rec Center.

UPike Bears Coach Tim Alderman said the team loves it more than any other place in which they have played.

“We call the Chief Logan Rec Center our home. Our guys love the Chief Logan Rec Center,” Alderman said of the Bears’ love for the facility. “(Director) Terry Mullins and her staff are so great to us. They are so welcoming to all our international players. And Wally Thornhill has been great to UPike and we appreciate everything he does for us. We’re from Pikeville, Ky., but I feel like we’re from Logan.”

The Chief Logan Rec Center welcomed the UPike Bears “home” on Tuesday night, as they competed in a match against the University of Charleston.

“We have played at different facilities and there’s not a better facility than the Chief Logan Rec Center,” Alderman said. “From the tennis courts to the weight room to the swimming pool to the classes they offer, we’ve not been to any place better. They have everything we need in one place. I don’t kno that there is any facility that’s as good as the Chief Logan Rec Center.”

The UPike tennis team is currently ranked 21st in the NAIA division and third in the Mid-South Conference. They recently defeated Ohio Dominican, which is ranked 47th in the NCAA.

The tennis team has been practicing at the rec center as their indoor home court since partnering up with CLRC three years ago. The Bears brought 15 players and two coaches to the match. The players who didn’t play stood on the track over the courts and cheered on their teammates.

The relationship may give some local kids a shot at playing college tennis.

Alderman said he hopes to be able to recruit players from the southern West Virginia area.

“I’m looking at kids in the Logan area,” Alderman said. “There’s some talented kids we’d love to have.”

Alderman said he plans to keep his team coming back to the Chief Logan Rec Center and he said he hopes to spur additional interest in tennis in southern West Virginia.

“We are planning to hold a Kids Day one Sunday afternoon,” Alderman said. “We’re going to get with Terry to set it up. We’ll do an intrasquad scrimmage and do a free clinic. We want to show our appreciation for the community.”

Results from the tennis match were not available Tuesday night.

For more information on the Chief Logan Rec Center pool or for more information on the activities and facilities the rec center offers, call the Chief Logan Rec Center at 304-855-8591 (February 20, 2014)


Rec Center host swim meet

More than 350 swimmers, their parents and a United States senator packed into the Chief Logan Rec Center swimming pool area for the Mountain State Athletics Conference swim meet on Saturday.

Swimmers, parents and coaches made it a packed pool house at the MSAC conference meet.

Swimmers from 11 schools — George Washington High School, Huntington High, Hurricane, Cabell Midland, Capital, Woodrow Wilson, South Charleston, Nitro, Parkersburg, Spring Valley and Winfield — competed in the meet, which was moved from the University of Charleston swimming pool due to the recent chemical spill that forced the university to drain the pool. There wasn’t enough time to allow the temperature to reach the necessary 80 degrees, so the meet was moved to the Chief Logan Rec Center, which has an Olympic-sized, eight-lane swimming pool.

Joining Rec Center Board President Wally Thornhill and Director Terry Mullins was U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who was down in the coalfields on Saturday.

Manchin, as governor, was instrumental in getting the Chief Logan Rec Center built.

Manchin told Thornhill and Mullins how pleased he was to see so many people using the Chief Logan Rec Center.

“This is great,” he said, as he, Thornhill and Mullins watched swimmers. The senator also mingled with the large crowd and chatted with parents and coaches.

Mullins said she was very pleased with the event. She got the call only 11 days before the meet and had to rush to get everything set up.

Thornhill said he was glad to see so many people crowding into the pool area.

The deck area was nearly standing room only.

GW parent Randy Peyatte said he loves the Chief Logan Rec Center and hopes to have more swim meets here.

“It’s fantastic,” Peyatte said. “I believe it’s one of the best venues we have swam and I’m comparing it to Marshall and WVU. It’s state-of-the art with plenty of room for the swimmers, parents, vendors and concessions. It’s great.”

GW Coach Melissa Case worked with Mullins on the swim meet and she said the pool where they usually hold the MSAC swim meet — at the University of Charleston — had to be drained due to the recent chemical spill that caused around 300,000 residents in nine counties to be without water for more than a week. After the pool was refilled, the temperature was coming up only about three to four degrees a day, which was not quick enough to get it to the 80 degree necessary for the swim meet. Case said the temperature on Wednesday was 56 in the pool and wouldn’t reach 80 in time to hold the swim meet there.

So, the MSAC swim meet was relocated to the Chief Logan Rec Center pool.

Case said she is glad to be swimming again at the rec center pool. She coached her team in a swim meet there two years ago and said she likes the facilities.

For more information on the Chief Logan Rec Center pool or for more information on the activities and facilities the rec center offers, call the Chief Logan Rec Center at 304-855-8591.(February 02, 2014)

  governer with Terry Mullins  
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