Ed Manzke ’62, one of the great basketball players in Leo history, will be inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame on May 7.
Manzke, known for his relentless energy and fierce competitiveness, played on the “heavies,” the Leo varsity, for three seasons under coach Jim Arenberg. He was team captain and an All-Catholic League honoree in both his junior and senior years. He received a scholarship to Loyola University and was a three-year letterman for the Ramblers, appearing in the 1964 NCAA tournament. Following graduation in 1966, he taught and coached at Leo for two years before embarking on a successful career in the insurance business.
“This is long overdue recognition for a truly great Leo Man,” Leo President Dan McGrath said. “It was a pleasure to watch Ed play, and an honor to have him as a coach and a classroom teacher. In all his endeavors, he represented Leo with true class, character and integrity.”
Ed Manzke is the senior member of a distinguished Leo basketball family. Brothers Dennis ’63, Mike ’68 and Bob ’70 followed him at Leo.
The Class of 2015 will be inducted at the annual Catholic League Hall of Fame banquet on Thursday, May 7. Brother Rice graduate Brian Kelly, son of Rich Sims ’68, is also being inducted for swimming and water polo.