The pairing of Johnny Jones and Charlie Leonard has shown its success previously at both Memphis and North Texas and after their first year together at LSU, there is no doubt the success is going to continue in the years ahead in Baton Rouge.
Leonard’s varied and successful background has been an outstanding addition to the coaching staff at LSU. That background has made him strong both on and off the floor and his longtime coaching experience is a benefit to help the LSU basketball program.
Leonard has now served 13 total seasons with Jones at LSU (1), North Texas (11, 2001-12) and Memphis (1, 1999-2000).
Leonard is involved with game and practice coaching responsibilities for Coach Jones as well as scouting and opponent breakdown. He also assists in some of the public relations aspects for the LSU basketball program.
Leonard’s experience in coaching basketball dates back to 1975 when he started a career that began at Memphis (Tenn.) Prep School and includes a 12-year tenure at Christian Brothers High School. Later, he served for seven seasons heading the program at Christina Brothers University in Memphis.
Leonard had winning seasons in six consecutive years and had 20 or more wins three times during his 1990-97 tenure at Christian Brothers University. He was a two-time NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year and is the school’s third winningest coach with 127 victories. His best team was in 1993-94 when Christian Brothers posted 24-8 record that earned him Coach of the Year honors in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Leonard’s 1994-95 CBU team topped the nation in all classifications in free throw shooting percentage.
He also served as assistant athletic director at CBU where he gained valuable experience in the administrative side of the basketball program, including working in promotions, fund raising and with the compliance rules as set down by the NCAA.
At Christian Brothers High School, his team won a state championship in 1987 and sent more than 20 of his players on to play college basketball. He also was named the District Coach of the Year four times.
After leaving CBU, Leonard took his skills and opened and served as president of his own advertising and consulting firm in Memphis.
But his first love is coaching and he has continued to succeed at every level and every location. Now he is helping LSU and Coach Jones succeed in a big way.
“Charlie Leonard has been with me for 13 years and has done a tremendous job assisting us in different areas,” said Coach Jones. “He is a great on-the-floor basketball coach and he has a tremendous basketball mind.”
The Leonard File
Years at LSU: Second
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
College: Christian Brothers, 1975
College Coaching Experience
1990-97: Head Coach, Christian Brothers University
1999-2000: Assistant Coach, Memphis
2001-2012: Assistant Coach, North Texas
2012 -- Assistant Coach, LSU