Coaching Staff

The 2006 National High School
Coach Of The Year

 11/27/03 - Prior to the SHG vs. Joliet Catholic title game matchup
"Hey from Baghdad.  I played for Coach Leonard and the Cyclone program from the fall of 1985-1988, graduating from SHG in 1989.  Coach is a leader, teacher and molder of men. All of us who played for him owe him a lot.  I was a second string defensive lineman; no great athlete, but Coach always made me feel special. He cares about and, I believe, truly loves every one of his players.  My father was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease during the spring of my junior year. Coach Leonard was very sympathetic and supportive. When my father passed away in October 1992, Coach came to the funeral mass.  That meant the world to me and my family.  Coach helped to get me recruited to a small school close to home so I could be near my family to help with my dad.  He taught us all the value of friendship and self sacrifice which leads me to why I am writing this from Iraq.  I am a specialist in Alpha Company 1-41 Infantry and we are stationed at Ft. Riley, KS.  We were apart of the combat troops that liberated Iraq and are now keeping the peace. I never told Coach Leonard, but I hope he reads this before tomorrow's game.  Coach, you are the greatest, one of a kind.  Go Cycs!"  - Chris Cearlock '89 (posted this on the forum from Iraq)

Coach Ken Leonard was born July 7, 1953 in Lexington, Illinois to John and Iona Leonard. He was one of six children in his family, having two brothers and three sisters. He graduated from Chenoa (IL) High School, where he was a four-sport athlete, in 1971. Following high school, Leonard was a two year starter for the Hawks of Harper Junior College in Palatine, IL and a one year starter for the Trojans of Dakota State University in Madison, SD. Coach Leonard then attended and graduated college at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

After obtaining his degree, Leonard returned to his roots at Chenoa, serving as assistant coach for the team. While there, the Redbirds made it to the 1979 Class 1A State Championship game, losing to the Hampshire Whip-Purs. From there, Leonard took over as head coach at Gridley (IL)High School. While at Gridley, he led his squads to 3 conference crowns and 2 consecutive playoff appearances in 1981 and 1982. He achieved a 32-9 overall record in his four years there, which remains the best among Gridley coaches. Then in 1984, Leonard took the head coaching job at Griffin High School in Springfield. He remains the present football coach.

Ken has a wife, Liz, and three sons, Phil (deceased), Derek and Brad.

Overall: 215-49
(.814 Win %)
1984 8-2
1985 10-1
1986 12-1
1987 10-1
1988 8-3
1989 5-4
1990 10-1
1991 7-3
1992 6-3
1993 9-3
1994 11-2
1995 12-2**
1996 10-2
1997 8-3
1998 2-7
1999 5-4
2000 11-1
2001 9-3
2002 11-1
2003 13-1**







* State Champion
* *State Runner-Up

 John Sowinski

Offensive Line Coach

 Jim McMann

 Defensive Coordinator

 Neal Taylor

 Defensive Backs/Special Teams

 Bob Brenneisen


Steve Gumble

Asst. Offensive Coordinator

 John Allison


 Ted Wise

Defensive Line, Strength/Cond.

 Tom Fiaush


 Chad Anderson

JV Def. Coord., Strength/Cond.

Tim Stewart

Asst. Offensive Line

Steve Schertz

Freshmen Head Coach

Tom Bowman

Freshmen Def. Coord.

Joe Cimarossa

Freshmen Line Coach

 Al Brewer

 Equipment Coach

 Ralph Hanauer

 Athletic Training Aid

 Pete Stoll