As outstanding athlete at Ashland High School and Ashland College Leo Strang went on to mold a very successful career as a football coach. An extremely creative person, Strang was instrumental in developing decals for helmets, the soccer style placekicker, summer fitness programs and vetoed the traditional black football shoe.
An art major at Ashland College, Strang designed his own football uniform and even the blazer and slacks worn by athletes off the field. As a football coach Strang ran up impressive records. At Caldwell, Upper Sandusky, East Cleveland Shaw, and Massillon High Schools Strang was a leader. He won three state championships at Massillon and produced 12 Tigers who were first team All-Ohio. At Kent State Strang annexed a Mid-American Conference football crown. His over all record for 18 years of pigskin coaching was 127-46-3.
His honors include Ohio High School Football Coach of the Year, 1959, the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, 1979 and in 1984 Strang was inducted with the Ashland College Athletic Hall of Fame.
At Ashland High School Strang won letters in football, baseball, and track. He was first team All-Ohio and Arrow captain in 1942. As an outfielder, he hit .500 in 1942 on a squad that went 17-3. The shot put record he set that year lasted for 26 years.
As a technician in coaching, Strang created the first rule blocking for multiple defenses, a player evaluation system used with films and an electronic device called “defensive analyzation” which was used to select the best play to go against the opposition.
Nominator: Mary Strang
Presenter: Jack Kelley