JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s very rare to find someone who has been a player, a coach, a teacher and an athletic director at the same school for a span of more than 5 decades. Leon Barrett is one of those rare guys to have done it.
Today, retired athletic director Leon Barrett is a permanent substitute for the Generals. But years ago, he said he was a street kid. He credits “the backyard” for saving his life.
He won a state championship in 1960 as a senior at Lee. That was before the birth of the state playoff system in 1964.
After his college career was over, Barrett came back to Lee high school to help coach the football team under Virgil Demon.
He coached almost every sport at the school. Then went on to become the athletic director and retired 2003.