Lehigh's "winningest" football coach with an 85-53-5 mark for 16 seasons (1946 through 1961), William Leckonby coached the 1950 Lehigh team to the school's only perfect-record season when the Engineers were 9-0-0. His 1957 squad won the first Lambert Cup, when it was established for medium-sized school gridiron eastern supremacy. Lehigh won the Lambert Cup again in his final season on the sideline (1961).
Leckonby came to Lehigh in 1946, following Naval duty in World War II. He ranks as one of St. Lawrence's all-time greatest triple threat backs and played for Jock Sutherland's Brooklyn Dodgers when that team was in the NFL. He has also been inducted into the St. Lawrence Hall of Fame.
As director of athletics at Lehigh from 1962 through 1984.
Leckonby oversaw a period of vast expansion at the university which included the development of the Murray H. Goodman campus and the initiation of women's intercollegiate athletic programs.
Leckonby passed away on October 22, 2007 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and children, William, Roy, Larry, Lea Ann, and Linda.
St. Lawrence University '39
*Was Lehigh's Athletic Director for 22 years
*Oversaw creation of Murray H. Goodman Campus
*Women's athletics at Lehigh began under his tenure
*Won more football games than any coach in Lehigh history (85)
*Coached Lehigh's only undefeated football team (1950 - 9-0-0)
*Coached Lehigh's first Lambert Cup championship team in 1957
*Spent 19 seasons as Lehigh's golf coach