Owls hoops coach resigning

Friday, April 20, 2012
Cody Leonard

For the fifth time in seven years, the Marshall boys' basketball program is looking for a new head coach.

Cody Leonard is stepping down from the position to take over the girls' hoops team at Monroe City, near his home town of Hannibal.

"Just to get closer to home," Leonard explained his decision. "It's as simple as that."

Leonard guided the Owls for three seasons after two previous coaches had one-year hitches. His tenure was the longest since Scott Harrold's term from the 1997 to 2005 seasons. Before coming to Marshall, Leonard had coached at South Shelby.

The Owls were 22-55 during Leonard's tenure, but had improved from three wins his first year to a 9-18 record -- with tournament championships at Stover and Wellington-Napoleon -- last season.

"I think each year we improved," he said. "It's still a young team. I hope whoever they get next will keep the ball rolling."

The search for a replacement is under way, according to MHS athletic director Caleb Crawford. While it's hoped to have a candidate by the May school board meeting, Crawford said care will be taken in finding the right person.

"We don't want to rush into anything," Crawford said.

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  • Be nice to get coaches to stick around and build programs, instead of using them as stop gaps.

    -- Posted by Tigers/Owls4Life96 on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 11:45 AM
  • The cupboard is far from bare. With all the good young players, and good senior leadership next year from the likes of Alex Maupin this cadre is on the way up. Seems to me that some of the good young coaches in the area that saw them this year, that desire to move up to a bigger program will be licking their chops at the opportunity.

    Now if those that hire will look at what the candidates have done, and not just what they say, this could be a blessing in disguise. Nothing at all against the departing coach mind you.

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 12:21 PM
  • How about you do it Johnny!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 1:21 PM
  • Bobby Knight's available.

    -- Posted by Tigers/Owls4Life96 on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 1:45 PM
  • Whachoo talkin bout willie? ;)

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 2:46 PM
  • How about those doing the hiring taking a proactive stance? How about they look around the area, see what young coaches have done a good job, call them, and invite them to apply.

    I obviously don't know the area, but what about the coaches at Santa Fe, and Sweet Springs for instance?

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 2:51 PM
  • Of course they could just hire somebody's brother-in-law, or somebody that seems nice, and postive, never mind that he had a 6-41 record over the last two years. It's gonna be interesting. ;)

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 2:58 PM
  • Too bad whoever gets hired has to teach as well. There are lots of good coaches out there who don't have teaching degrees.

    -- Posted by Tigers/Owls4Life96 on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 3:22 PM
  • Good point Tigers. Pretensions have to be maintained, guess thats why some of em that are more coaches than teachers wind up as health and hygiene teachers, or as used to be when Driver's Ed. was part of the curriculum, cached there.

    Some states, and some private schools do utilize coaches without required ed. credentials. With good success by the way. Some smaller schools also use volunteer coaches. Some of them are great because of their love of the game, understanding of same, and most of all the love to teach it to kids. In that way they give back to the game that they respect.

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 3:35 PM
  • JOHNNY A.!!!

    -- Posted by willie makit on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 7:19 PM
  • At the least it would be better to hire someone who has had no success because he not yet had opportunity, than someone who has had no success despite opportunity. I hope that they don't choose the latter road. If they can't find a proven winner willing to take the job, at the least choose someone who is not an established loser.

    By the way I don't consider someone a proven winner who is some class 1 schmuck lucky enough to have had a 6'8'' guy for three years who didn't stumble over his feet, and rode that to a great three year record. Ya gotta look deeper than that to find a real winner.

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Sat, Apr 21, 2012, at 12:05 AM
  • How about the guy from Pilot Grove? He has been at Pilot Grove for close to 10 years and been to the Final 4.

    -- Posted by blackcat22 on Sat, Apr 21, 2012, at 9:03 AM
  • So much for Freedom of Speech!

    -- Posted by marshallhoops on Sun, Apr 22, 2012, at 10:11 PM
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