Story by Andrew Pulverenti, MVC Sports Information Director
The Missouri Valley College men’s basketball program honored Ed Leslie prior to Thursday night’s Heart of America Athletic Conference game against Avila for his 40 years of service to the program. Ed was presented with a game basketball signed by the men’s basketball program for his support over the years, including keeping the official scorebook for every home game during the 40-year span.
Ed has been a part of Missouri Valley and the Viking athletics program for over 50 years. He was a four-year letter winner in Track and Field and Cross Country as a student at MVC, graduating in 1961.
After graduation, Ed has served as Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Assistant Football Coach, Head Track and Field Coach, and Head Cross Country Coach.
Ed was also inducted in the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Ed is also one of the organizers of MVC’s annual Torch Run that precedes every homecoming game. Ed was one of the creators of the first Torch Run in 1958 that included a trip to Orlando, Fla. for the Tangerine Bowl.