Leo High School is proud to announce the appointment of SirLaurence King ’16 as the Lions’ head cross country coach. King, 22, succeeds Andre Weathers, an assistant track coach who filled the role on an interim basis after Marcus Pass ’04 resigned to become head track and cross country coach at Hope Academy.

King is one of the most accomplished distance runners in Leo history, having qualified for the IHSA state meet in both track and cross country as a junior and again as a senior. His 11th-place finish in the state meet as a senior earned him All-State recognition in cross country.

King attended UIC on a track and cross country scholarship, competing in both sports for four years while earning a degree in psychology. He plans to continue his education in graduate school and eventually work as a high school guidance counselor.

King was known for his dedication, frequently running on his own at 5 in the morning and then joining his teammates for workouts after school. He also ranked within the top five of his graduating class.

“SirLaurence epitomized the term ‘student-athlete’ during his time at Leo, and we’re delighted he has decided to return,” Leo President Dan McGrath said. “He always represented us like a champion. We know he’ll bring the same commitment and dedication to coaching that he brought to competing, and success will follow.”

King’s appointment is effective immediately.

“I owe a lot to Leo for the education and the opportunities I received, and I want the young guys coming up to have similar experiences,” King said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”