The fifth annual Leo Scholarship Benefit, with Coach Mike Holmes ’76 as the honoree, was live-streamed on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. central. (

“It was a great night for Leo and a great night for Coach Holmes, who’s a truly worthy recipient of the Leo Lions Legacy Award,” said President Dan McGrath.

One of the most decorated athletes in school history as a Leo student, Coach Holmes has devoted 30 years of his life to the betterment of young Leo Men as a teacher, coach, administrator and father figure to hundreds. He has long been known for his steadfast refusal to give up on a kid, and for his willingness to dip in to his own pocket to assist a needy student or a struggling family.

Coach Holmes follows Andy McKenna ’47, Bill Conlon ’63, the late Tom Owens ’54 and Bob Sheehy ’71 as Leo Lions Legacy Award recipients.

All proceeds from the Benefit will be applied to the Leo High School Scholarship Fund and will assist deserving young Leo Men with the cost of their education. Despite the uncertainties arising from the Pandemic, Leo began the current school year with its largest freshman class in 15 years and highest overall enrollment in 12 years.