Verification Video

Grant Leonard #44 | GM/Head Coach

Height: 6'3"
Location: ,
Current Team
D2
Player Bio

Grant Leonard enters his sixth season with Queens in 2018-19, after last season helping guide the Royals to their best record in program history. In 2017-2018, Queens posted a 32-4 overall mark, its second-consecutive 30-win season. The Royals opened the year 16-0, tying a program record for winning streak and best start to a season that was set the previous year, en route to winning the Southeast Regional Championship. Queens advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championships for the first time since 2003, and with a win in the national quarterfinals, made their second all-time appearance in the national semifinals tying for the deepest postseason run in program history. During the regular season, the Royals reached No. 1 in the NABC/Division II National Rankings for the first time and spent the entire year in the top-10 of the national coaches' poll finishing at No. 7. The 2017-2018 success came on the heels of a then-program record 30-4 season, in which the Royals claimed the South Atlantic Conference regular season and postseason titles for the first time in 2016-2017. With a 25-7 record in 2015-2016, Queens has qualified for the NCAA Tournament and cracked the top 10 of the national rankings in each of the last three seasons. In his first five years at Queens, 11 of Leonard’s recruits have received all-conference honors with five earning first-team recognition (Jarrett Stokes, Rob Lewis, Sean Morgan, Jalin Alexander, Todd Withers), three earning second-team designation (Josh Clyburn, Ike Agusi, Mike Davis Jr.), two receiving honorable mention recognition (Marquis Rankin, Daniel Camps), and one being named to the all-freshman team (Daniel Carr). Leonard’s collegiate coaching career spans 12 years, having worked at five schools and in all three NCAA divisions of competition. Leonard came to Queens from Paine College (2011-2013) where he served as first assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, director of skill development, and defensive specialist. In his first of two years at Paine, the Lions achieved their first winning season in seven years and finished second nationally in Division II with seven blocks per game. Leonard also served as an academic advisor for student-athletes and an adjunct professor while at Paine. Leonard’s previous coaching stops include Flagler College (2009-2010), the University of Texas-Pan American (2006-2009), and Washington College (2005-2006). In his lone season at Flagler, the Saints accumulated more Peach Belt Conference victories than at any other point during the program's tenure in the league. Texas Pan-American saw similar success with an increase in win total during each of Leonard’s three years with the team. At Washington, Leonard helped head coach Rob Nugent record a career-high 14 wins and his first-ever conference tournament victory. Leonard graduated Cum Laude from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He was a two-time Daktronics Academic All-Region Player as well as a two-time Midwest Classic Academic All-Conference Player with the Statesmen. Leonard earned his master's in psychology from Washington College in 2011.

Highest Level Played: NCAA D2 Tournament
Highest Level Team Name: William Penn University Men's Basketball
Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2004
Alma Mater: Queens University of Charlotte
Winning Share: $75000Zelle