You’ve most likely heard the Tim Notke quote, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,’ at some point in your life. But, when a talented individual is equipped with a hardworking mindset, they are a force to be reckoned with. The Citadel’s Logan Dix personifies the intersection of talent and hard work.
Logan Dix has started more than 40 matches and scored more than 20 goals in her time at the military college in Charleston, South Carolina. In just seven matches in 2020, Dix has been able to score six goals, which has her tied for second in the country for NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer. “The key to my goal scoring thus far has been because my whole team has wanted to win more than ever before,” Logan told BGN. “No game is promised. We are very fortunate to be able to play soccer right now and we have been really working hard to get as much success as we can while we can.”
The season will come to an end tomorrow for The Citadel as they host Georgia Southern (watch live on SoCon Digital Network). The senior striker said, “I am extremely excited to play our last game of the season on the parade deck. We have had a lot of success and movement in the right direction during this season.”
“I want to end it with a win, showing just how much our program has improved and to show that we are ready to continue our growing trend for the next season.”
Dix will leave The Citadel as a top-five goalscorer in school history and an accomplished student, too. She’s been awarded Gold Stars (GPA of 3.7+ for a semester) six times, three-time Southern Conference Commissioner’s Medal, three-time Southern Conference Honor Roll, and two-time Academic All-Southern Conference. She hopes to go into medical school after graduation.
Looking back on her time at The Citadel, what will be the lessons that stick with her the most? “My biggest take away from the field and classroom is that the only thing you can really control is your own work ethic,” she answered. “I have never been anywhere close to being the most talented soccer player on the pitch, nor have I ever been the smartest in the room, but I make sure to have the strongest work rate around me. This is something I will strive for in all walks of life.”
That mindset to never be outworked can be traced back to Logan’s roots in Tipp City, Ohio, a small town near Dayton. “I love being from Tipp City, OH. I feel like there are a lot of people who know me and are rooting for me there even if I do not know them or do not keep in touch with them,” she said. “Growing up in a small town definitely influenced me as an adult today and has made me appreciate everything I get a little more. My parents had to work really hard to get to where we are today, and that is something I carry with my every day.”
Her parents also played a major role in her journey as a soccer player. Her father, Nathan, played in college for Missouri State and Wright State. “My dad was very good at soccer and 100% influenced me to play,” Logan said. “My mom kept trying to put me into dance and cheerleading, but anyone who knows me can attest that those do not fall into my particular skill set. I think that my dad has given me the most advice on soccer, but both of my parents have given me advice on every single thing I have done in my life. My parents and I are very close.”
Any parent would be proud of their child working as hard as Logan Dix and as she takes on new journeys, those values will allow her to always find success.