WAYNE, Neb. -- The last time Wayne State College football was in the playoffs was back in 2008 and current head coach Logan Masters was a junior wide receiver.

Masters is in his first season as the head man for the Wildcats and has already clinched a playoff birth.

He said he’s just trying to stay focused on the task at hand.

“To be honest, it hasn’t really set in,” Masters said. “As soon as you found out, you celebrate, you’re happy, and then it's get to work. I’m sure after the season it’ll set in a little bit more.

From a player's perspective, Masters is the ultimate player's coach.

Since he was a player himself, he can relate to his players throughout the season.

Sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk, who just made the NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team, said having Masters leading the team has been critical to their success.

“He’s been huge,” said Kowalczyk. “Having been a player himself, he gets what it’s like. He knows what the grinds like. He just prepares us well and gets us ready to go.”

“Knowing what we’re going through, he knows what we’re dealing with, [and] he’s dealt with it himself” Kowalczyk said. “He just connects with us on a personal level.

Masters offensive coordinator, Collin Prosser was also on that last playoff team. Prosser played three different positions during his time in Wayne America.

On Saturday, the Wildcats will have to travel to Mankato to face Minnesota State for the second time this season.

Prosser spent four seasons in Mankato as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before coming back to Wayne.

Masters said Prosser’s experience in the playoffs, in years past, could play a crucial role come Saturday.

“He’s been in these games quite a bit at Minnesota State,” said Masters. “Having his experience has helped because it’s been a while since Wayne State has been in this situation. Right now that’s been his biggest asset.”

“This is home for him,” Masters said. “His passion is evident at practice. Anytime you talk to him about it, it goes a long way and spreads to our kids on how important wearing black and gold is.”