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.

In 1984, Leonard took the head coaching job at Griffin High School in Springfield. He remains the present football coach as well the school's athletic director.

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


Overall: 247-53
(.823 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**

2004

10-1

2005

14-0*

2006

14-0*

2007

8-2

2008

13-1*

2009

11-1

* State Champion
**State Runner-Up


Jim McMann - Defensive Coordinator

Neal Taylor - Defensive Backs, Special Teams

John Allison - Offensive Coordinator

Bob Brenneisen - Assistant Coach

Tom Fiaush - JV Head Coach

Chad Anderson - Co-Offensive Line, JV Def. Coord., Asst. Strength & Conditioning

Don Goff - Running Backs

Tim Stewart - Co-Offensive Line

Frank Steele - Wide Receivers

Chris Barnham - Outside Linebackers

Ademola Adeniji - Inside Linebackers

Ted Wise - Defensive Line, Strength & Conditioning

Mark Edwards - Assistant Defensive Line

Steve Schertz - Freshman Head Coach

Tom Bowman - Freshman Defensive Coordinator

Joe Cimarossa - Freshman Line Coach

Doug Ludolph - Strength & Conditioning

Steve Thomas - Character Development

Ralph Hanauer - Athletic Training Aide

Pete Stoll - Team Trainer

Summer Coaching Staff: Nick Thoele, Kevin Klemm, Andrew Collings, Dan Schafer, Matt Mast, & Mike Stieren