Head Coach Ken Leonard
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. Griffin High School in Springfield. He remains the present football coach as well as the school's athletic director.
In 1984, Leonard took the head coaching job at Griffin High School in Springfield. He remains the present football coach as well as the school's athletic director.
Ken has a wife, Liz, and three sons, Phil (deceased), Derek and Brad.
Assistant Coaching Staff
Offensive Coordinator: John Allison
Offensive Line: Chad Anderson
Wide Receivers: David Kavish and Dominic Walton
Running Backs: Steve Thomas
Defensive Coordinator: Jim McMann
Defensive Line: Ted Wise
Assistant Defensive Line: Mark Edwards
Inside Linebackers: Bob Brenneisen
Outside Linebackers: Dan Schafer
Defensive Backs: Neal Taylor and Kevin Klemm
Special Teams: Neal Taylor
Strength and Conditioning: Doug Ludolph
JV Head Coach and Offensive Line: Tom Fiaush
Freshman Head Coach: Joe Bonansinga
Freshman Offensive/Defensive Line: Joe Cimarossa
Freshman Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bowman
Freshman Assistants: Chip Sigourney and Austin Niggemeyer
Athletic Trainer: Pete Stoll
Game Day Equipment Assistants: Ralph Hanauer, Scott Levey and Greg Gifford
Video Coordinators: "Doc" Peterson and John Burton
Athletic Secretary: Lisa Burg