Winona State Coach Co_Sand.jpg (copy)

Former Winona State University men's basketball coach Mike Leaf died at age 58 on Monday. His funeral is Thursday in Winona. File photo

Mike Leaf, who guided Winona State to a pair of national championships, died on Monday at the age of 58.

Leaf was a men's basketball coach for 28 years at Winona State, including 17 years as the head coach. He led Winona State to NCAA Division II national championships during the 2006 and 2008 seasons, as well as a runner-up finish in 2007.

Leaf won a school-record 382 games with the Warriors, but left the program amid a sandal. He resigned in June of 2015 after being accused of unwanted sexual advances toward a player. Leaf never had criminal charges filed against him.

Leaf’s obituary on the Fawcett Junker Funeral Home website said: “Mike’s passion was coaching and teaching. His gift was bringing people together and bond, as family or a team. Mike welcomed everyone in his path.”

His funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fawcett Junker Fune in Winona.

What's your reaction?

8
2
4
13
2

Sports Reporter

Guy covers a wide variety of high school, college and professional sports. He is a native of Rochester and has worked at the Post Bulletin since 1999. Guy resides in Byron with his wife, children and numerous pets.