Hall of Fame Inductee - Coach Jerry Leggett
The second-winningest coach in school history, the flamboyant Leggett
compiled a staggering 330-77 record and took Quincy to the final four of
the state tournament a school-record five times from 1976-90. The Blue
Devils won 20 or more games in a season 10 times during his tenure,
including a then-state record 64-game winning streak from 1980-82.
Quincy won its second state championship in 1980-81 behind Michael Payne
and Bruce Douglas with a 33-0 record, and won its first 31 games the
next season before losing on a last-second shot to Mendel Catholic in
the state semifinals. The Blue Devils regrouped to beat Chicago Marshall
in a memorable third-place game that season. Quincy, then known as the
"Runnin' Devils," also finished second in the state in 1979 with a 31-1
mark (the first of three unbeaten regular seasons under Leggett), and
fourth in 1987 (beating top ranked and unbeaten Peoria Manual in
overtime in the quarterfinals) and 1990. The Blue Devils' four-year run
between 1978-82 produced an unmatched 123-5 record and three state
tournament appearances. Leggett voted to the Illinois Basketball Coaches
Association Hall of Fame, coached in the Chicago suburbs and at Rock
Island before coming to Quincy. He spent four seasons at his alma mater,
Moline, after leaving Quincy. He was a 1985 inductee into the Quincy
High School Sports Hall of Fame.
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