Induction Year: 2010
Inducted as a recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award
Anthony J. Leonardo has a successful career as a Yellowjacket athlete, culminating with his graduation in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. From there, he has become a distinguished educator, coach and administrator with a career that spanned 35 years. For that, Mr. Leonardo is a 2010 recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award.
As an athlete, Mr. Leonardo was a standout wrestler for the Yellowjackets. In four years, he compiled a record of 74-10, winning three conference championships and qualifying for four NAIA national meets, finishing fifth during his senior year of 1966-67. He was a two-time All-American – 1964 in the 118-pound weight class and again in 1967 in the 123-pound category.
Mr. Leonardo took his first position in coaching with the
In 1976 Mr. Leonardo moved on to Grand Blanc (
Mr. Leonardo left Grand Blanc in 1993 to become a principal in the