Lewis University Director of Athletics, Dr. John Panek, announced in early December 2019, the second class of the Lewis Academy of Coaches. The nine-member class which included former Montini Catholic baseball coach, William Leeberg (Lewis University Class of 1974), was honored as part of Alumni Day during halftime of the men's basketball game against Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday, January 25th.
Leeberg was a student in Montini Catholic's charter class of 1970 (joining the freshman class in 1966). After graduating from Montini, he went on to play baseball for the Hall of Fame baseball coach Gordie Gillespie at Lewis University. After graduating from Lewis in 1974, he joined the staff of Montini Catholic as an English teacher and the Sophomore Baseball Coach. He took over the reigns as Varsity Baseball Coach in 1978 and served as head coach during a 33 year span at Montini Catholic (1978-1991) and (1993-2011), and spent three years as an assistant. He compiled a record of 732-288 for a .718 winning percentage. During his tenure, the Broncos won 12 conference titles, 11 regional titles, came in second place at the 2005 IHSA Class A state tournament and a third place finish at the 2002 IHSA state tournament. More than 400 players competed for Leeberg with 31 of those going on to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship.
Leeberg has won numerous outstanding coaching awards from the SCC Conference and the State. He is also a member of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Above: Coach Bill Leeburg (center) with current Bronco head coach, Rich Janor (left) and former Montini Catholic teacher and head baseball coach, Rich Hudik (1967-1977) - on May 14, 2016 during Montini Catholic's Alumni baseball game as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration