STrib: Minnesota Scene: Former Winona State basketball coach Mike Leaf dies


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Nov 11, 2008
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Former Winona State men’s basketball coach Mike Leaf died Monday. Leaf, 58, won a school-record 382 games and led the Warriors to two NCAA Division II national championships as head coach.

After 28 years with the program and 17 as head coach, he abruptly resigned in June of 2015 after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a player, according to the Winona Daily News.

Winona State advanced to the NCAA tournament for seven consecutive seasons under Leaf from 2005-11. The Warriors made it to the Elite Eight in 2013 before losing to West Liberty and went back to the tourney in 2014.

They won titles in 2006 and 2008 and finished second in 2007, going 105-6 over that three-year span.

The Warriors went 14-13 in his final season as head coach.

Leaf’s funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home in Winona, with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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