Leo Prendergast

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Leo Prendergast
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Prendergast pictured in Epitome 1946, Lehigh yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born August 25, 1902
Died September 1967 (aged 65)
Playing career
c. 1923 Lafayette
Position(s) Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942 Lehigh (line)
1943–1945 Lehigh
1943–1946 Lehigh
Head coaching record
Overall 3–15–1 (football)
9–41 (basketball)

Leo F. Prendergast (August 25, 1902 – September 1967) was an American football player and coach of football and basketball. He served as the head football coach at Lehigh University from 1943 to 1945, compiling a record of 3–15–1. Prendergast was the 20th football head coach for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Prendergast was also the head basketball coach at Lehigh from 1943 to 1946, tallying a mark of 9–41. He attended Lafayette College, where he played football as a lineman under Jock Sutherland, and from which he graduated in 1924.[1] Prendergast had previously been the head football coach at Bethlehem High School (1927–1937), and after World War II was the line coach for the Bethlehem Bulldogs semi-professional football team.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lehigh Engineers (Middle Three Conference) (1943–1945)
1943 Lehigh 0–5–1
1944 Lehigh 0–6
1945 Lehigh 2–4
Lehigh: 3–15–1
Total: 3–15–1


  1. ^ "PRENDERGAST HEAD COACH; Lehigh Promotes Line Mentor—Plans to Continue Football". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 18, 1943. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bethlehem Globe-Times, February 4, 1938