Leo R. Koceski, a native of
Canonsburg, was an outstanding running back at the University of
Michigan, after two All-WPIAL football seasons at Canonsburg High School
in 1945 and 1946.
Koceski scored 19 touchdowns in 1946, his senior season at Canonsburg
and was a sprinter and long jumper in track. He selected Michigan from
approximately 40 college offers and was a varsity halfback in his
sophomore year when the Wolverines won the national championship in 1948
under famed head coach Fritz Crisler.
In Koceski's junior and senior seasons, Michigan was co-champion with
Ohio State in 1949 and Big 10 and Rose Bowl champion in 1950, when the
Wolverines defeated Ohio State 9-3 in a heavy snowstorn in Columbus to
clinch the title. Michigan then beat California 14-6 in the 1951 Rose
Koceski, who did not play high school baseball because Canonsburg did
not have a team, played the outfield on two Big 10 championship teams at
Michigan and was elected captain in 1951. He received the university's
Big 10 award as an outstanding athlete and scholar.
He resides in Dearborn Heights, MI. and is employed as a sales
representative for Wilsonart Co. He is married and has three sons.