Why Logan Black Chose Robert Morris University
Robert Morris University's Logan Black is currently in her sophomore season with the Colonials at the Division I level of college softball. The Pennsylvania native appeared in 25 games during her freshman campaign last spring.
Black knew during her recruiting process that she wanted a program with a winning culture, and Robert Morris was able to provide that to her. During the 2022 season, Black helped the Colonials advance to the Horizon League playoffs, reaching the championship game and finishing with the program's highest wins total since 2012 at 31.
Softball America caught up with Black to discuss her experience at Robert Morris thus far and her path throughout her softball career to date.
Softball America: Why did you choose to play college softball at Robert Morris University?
Logan Black: I chose Robert Morris University for several reasons. I fell in love with the campus when I came on my very first tour, and I knew that I wanted to come to this school. They have an excellent engineering department. (It) was important to me to find a school that I could play softball at and get a quality education. Coach Jexx (Varner) was also extremely welcoming and inviting and had clear visions for his team. He values a strong culture that has a determination to win. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this culture and benefit my team in whatever ways possible.
SA: How did your travel softball experience prepare you for the collegiate level?
LB: My travel program prepared me in many ways. My coaches stressed the importance of focused, high intensity practices that allowed me to have a smooth transition when I got to college. My travel team also would travel frequently around the country to play in several different tournaments, which helped me mentally prepare for the heavy travel schedule (in college).
SA: As you continue your career at RMU, what are you looking forward to the most?
LB: I am most looking forward to seeing how much we can grow together as a team. My freshman year we had a very strong season, finishing second in the Horizon League. This year we have already had a tougher preseason strength of schedule, and I can see the improvement and growth within myself and several of my teammates. I am excited to see this growth and development continue throughout my (college career).
SA: Throughout your years playing softball, who has been your biggest motivator?
LB: My biggest motivator throughout my career has been my dad. He knows me better than anyone else and always knows what to say. Whether I needed a pat on the back, extra reps or a bit of tough love, he always knew exactly what I needed in that moment. I know that even if I have a bad game, he will always be in my corner and he is just proud of me for trying my best.
SA: What advice would you give to young softball players who are currently going through the recruiting process?
LB: Going through the recruiting process is an extremely difficult and challenging time. Do not get discouraged if you do not hear back from coaches right away. A lot of college coaches during this time are extremely busy and are not ignoring you. Continue to send emails, work hard and improve your skills. I promise you that someone is going to love you and will offer you (a chance to play) somewhere that you never knew could be your home. Never give up if playing at the next level is your dream.