New Hampshire Football Report

Kingswood hires Leonard

After two years as the head coach at Epping/Newmarket, Justin Leonard has left the program to become the varsity football coach at Kingswood Regional. Kingswood announced Leonard’s hiring in a press release issued Monday.

Leonard guided Epping/Newmarket to a 5-11 record during his two seasons with the program. The Blue Devils finished 2-6 last season.

“We’ve hired the best football coach we could,” Kingswood athletic director Aaron House said. “He has experience at the high school level with some very good programs. He also understands the direction we are moving here in terms of our overall athletic culture. He has a great ability to communicate. He’s a perfect fit for what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

Leonard will be moving from a Division III school to a Division II program. Kingswood will be part of Division II North, which includes Kennett, Plymouth, Gilford/Belmont, St. Thomas, Lebanon, Hanover, Merrimack Valley, John Stark, H-D/Hopkinton and Laconia.

Before taking over as the varsity coach at Epping/Newmarket, Leonard served as the defensive coordinator at Spaulding High School, the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin and an assistant coach at Cienega High School in Tucson, Az. He was also a graduate assistant at Plymouth State University.

Following the 2015 season Leonard was named New Hampshire’s head coach for this summer’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Leonard played football and wrestled at Concord High School He was a center on the 2000 Concord team that won the Division I state championship.

Kingswood finished with the 3-5 record last season.

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