Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Jim Leon has coached over 30 years, beginning his coaching career at St. Antonius grade school, and then coaching high school basketball at Summit Country Day, followed by Western Hills, Woodward, Clark Montessori and St. Ursula Academy.
“Coach Leon has enjoyed a successful and respected coaching career in Cincinnati, and we’re excited to add Jim to our coaching staff to lead our Warriors basketball program,” said Tom Nerl, athletic director at Mariemont City Schools as Jim was announced as the new head coach of the Warriors. “Jim’s personality, knowledge and passion for the game, and his enthusiasm for working with student athletes, made him the ideal candidate for our community.”
Coach Leon holds a winning record, with 321 wins and 185 losses across 21 seasons as a head basketball coach. Twenty of his players have received Division I college scholarships, and he has coached three McDonald’s All-Americans. He has worked at a basketball clinic in Cincinnati with Michael Jordan; he was an assistant coach for Magic Johnson at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit in 1992; he hired Mick Cronin, head coach at UC, for his first coaching job at Woodward in 1991; and in 1992 he hired former assistant coach Monte Mathis, who is now an assistant coach with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
Jim has also had great success at tournament time, leading his team at Woodward High School to a state championship in 1988; final four in 1989; and state runner-up in 1990. He holds 13 straight league titles and five city championships. Jim said he loves working at the high school level, even though he has had college-level offers in the past.