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Cecil Leonard

Cecil Leonard was a standout at Sylacaugas East Highland High School on a 1969 team that compiled a 9-0 record while outscoring opponents 499-6. He played college football at Tuskegee Institute.

Following his college career, he was drafted by the NFL in the eighth round and played for the Jets in 1969 and 1970. His playing days ended in Birmingham with the Stallions of the now-defunct United States Football League.

Coach Leonard began his head coaching career at Parker in 1973 when he became the head football coach. In two years his teams went 9-10. In 1975 he moved to Hayes, where he led the Pacesetters to the state football playoffs in 1976.

He returned to Parker as a teacher in 1979 before taking over the head football coaching duties the next season. Parker High School was known more as a basketball power when Leonard arrived from Hayes in 1979, but the former NFL and USFL defensive back quickly turned the Thundering Herds football program into one of the best in the Birmingham area.

Coach Leonards 1980 team reached the state finals before losing to Vestavia Hills in the championship game at Legion Field. He had only one losing season during his time as the head football coach at Parker.

Parker also reached the Class 6A semifinals in 1989 before losing to eventual state champion Anniston. His teams reached the playoffs six times from 1980-92, compiling a 9-7 record overall.

Leonards overall coaching record is 127-83 in 20 seasons. After retiring from the high school coaching ranks, he coached at Miles College in 1994.

Known Record:  128-83-0   60.7%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Parker1992 6A3-741175R111-21233
Parker1991 6A8-42971921-17466R12#3-06930
Parker1990 6A5-5170159R121-24275
Parker1989 6A9-42901953-17970R13#4-011254
Parker1988 6A5-424695R132-212451
Parker1987 6A9-34242121-17643R133-110342
Parker1986 6A9-32001011-12721R133-16144
Parker1985 6A7-42131450-11419R132-27268
Parker1984 6A6-4143184R132-24268
Parker1983 4A9-2321960-1725R6#5-016118
Parker1982 4A5-419993R62-38365
Parker1981 4A6-425197R54-214851
Parker1980 4A12-2416853-19929R55-123856
 13 Years93-50321118299-737627337-181267655
Hayes1979 4A3-7153189R91-46788
Hayes1978 4A9-21671390-1814R94-15750
Hayes1977 4A3-5115167R91-349117
Hayes1976 4A8-31851150-11518R9#3-17134
Hayes1975 4A3-6127194
 5 Years26-237478040-223329-9244289
Parker1974 4A6-4154130R5
Parker1973 4A3-695180
 2 Years9-102493100-0000-000
 20 Years128-83420729439-939930546-271511944

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