Coaching Staff

2022 Head Coach Ken Leonard

(39 years at SHG) 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 as the schools Athletic Director. On September 21, 2018, with a 45-6 win over Rochester, Coach Leonard became the winningest coach in Illinois with 379 wins. He currently stands at 405 total wins prior to the start of the 2022 season.

Ken is married to Angie. Ken was married to Liz who passed in 2017 due to cancer. Ken and Liz have threee sons, Phil (deceased), Derek and Brad. ( leonard@shg.org)

2022 Assistant Coaching Staff

Offensive Coordinator: John Allison (19th Season) ( allison@shg.org) (2004)

Offensive Line: Chad Anderson (17th Season) ( anderson@shg.org) (2006)

Quarterbacks: Todd Chance  (7th Season) (2016)

Wide Receivers: Doug Martin (10th Season) ( martin@shg.org) (2013)

Running Backs: Ken Leonard (39th Season) (1984)

Defensive Coordinator: Jim McMann (32nd Season) (1991)

Inside Linebackers: Dan Schafer (14th Season) (2009)

Outside Linebackers: Peyton West:  (2nd Season) (2021)

Safeties: Neal Taylor (18th Season) (2005)

Special Teams: Neal Taylor (18th Season) (2005) and Doug Martin (10th Season) (2013)

Defensive Backs and JV Head Coach: Chris Flaggs (5th Season) (2018)

Strength and Conditioning: Doug Ludolph (17th Season) (2006)

Varsity Offensive Line Assistant: Tom Fiaush (30th Season) (1993)

Varsity Assistant Offensive & Defensive Line: Byron Deaner (2nd Season) (2021)

Freshman Head Coach:  Mike Horstman (7th Season) (2016)

Freshman Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bowman (19th Season) (2004)

Freshman Assistant & Character Development: Charlie Brown (3rd Season) (2020)

Freshman Offensive Line: Jim Fahey (3rd Season) (2020)

Freshman Defensive Line: Mark Stover (4th Season) (2019)

Athletic Trainer: Liz Binn (8th Season) (2015)

Video Coordinator: "Doc" Peterson 

Equipment Transportation: Don Gray

Athletic Secretary: Lisa Burg