ASCA Executive Director
John Leonard began his 45 year coaching career in Syracuse New York where he was a co-founder of the Syracuse Chargers, a joint venture between the city (where JL was Aquatic Director) and Syracuse University. John was fortunate enough to coach world ranked athletes Robin Butler, Jeff Noury, Kelly Hopkins, Mickey Webb, Lou Walker and 1976 Olympian Janis Hape. He also coached numerous top 16 nationally ranked age group swimmers and the Charger Team was a perennial NY State Champion in Senior and Age Group Swimming, as well as top ten senior national finishes.
Coach Leonard coached the Lake Forest Swim Club and College Team from 1978 through 1984 and worked with gifted athletes like national team members Stacy Cassidy, Kim Tesch, Patty Schultz and multiple senior national scorers and national age group record holders. In 1985, John began his current position at the American Swimming Coaches Association where he has worked for 30 plus years.
John says, “I was honored and fortunate that the ASCA Board selected me for this ASCA Hall of Fame honor despite the fact that I do not qualify according to our performance standards as a Coach. I am deeply appreciative. I believe that all honors are indeed TEAM honors, so this belongs equally to me and all the assistant coaches I have been fortunate enough to work with and all the ASCA employees, coach and non-coach, that have allowed me to enjoy 30 years of work in the ASCA office. I am humbly grateful for all of their efforts. This would not be possible without all of their help. Thank you!”