Michael Leonard joined the Saint Anselm College football coaching staff in August of 2017 and serves as the team's outside linebackers coach. In 2017, Leonard was the Hawks' tight ends coach.
Leonard's hiring marked a return to the Hilltop, as he played one year of football at Saint Anselm in 2012. He then transferred to Plymouth State University, where he graduated in 2016 with a degree in business administration.
At Plymouth State, Leonard was a two-time Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) All-Academic selection. He played in 29 games for the Panthers over three seasons, recording 105 tackles as a defensive back.
Leonard also received the 2013 Ross Deachman Award, given to an underclassman who made the most significant contribution to the defense, and the 2015 Donald P. Wharton Presidential Award, given to a senior who overcame adversity and showed exceptional leadership, dedication and perseverance.
A Manchester native, Leonard played his high school football at Trinity High School.