Yesterday at practice, the Bronco football team welcomed a very special visitor in Illinois coaching legend Jack Leese, pictured above with current Bronco head coach Mike Bukovsky (R) and former Bronco head coach Chris Andriano (L).
Coach Leese starred athletically at Lane Tech High School in Chicago before joining the United States Marine Corps. He later attended Wright Junior College and Northwestern University before starting his coaching career at Glenbrook North High School.
Coach Leese is best known for his time at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, where he was the head football coach for fourteen years. In his first season in 1963, he led his team to a championship in the Des Plaines Valley League, an honor they would win six more times during his tenure. In his final season in 1977, East Leyden won the Class 5A State championship, posting a 13-0 record while recording eight shutouts. During his time at East Leyden, Coach Leese also taught physical education and was an assistant wrestling coach under the legendary Chuck Farina.
Coach Leese is a member of various halls of fame, including the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (class of 2015) and the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame (class of 1980). The Bronco football program thanks Coach Leese for visiting and speaking to our players. We are truly honored to have been visited by such a legend!