Biography — DeFrancesco Leonard

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Leonard De Francesco

Leonard De Francesco
Tennis
Hobart Class of 1956

Len taught countless children and adults in Geneva not only how to play the game of tennis but to love the game as well.  He worked for over 20 years for the Geneva Recreation Department as a playground and tennis instructor. He inaugurated the first instructional tennis program in Geneva and was responsible for the creation of the City of Geneva tennis tournament. Len contributed to the lobbying efforts which resulted in the renovation of Brook St. tennis courts. In 2011 the courts were renamed the Len De Francesco Courts in his honor.

An outstanding high school athlete, Len was named all-league at Rochester’s John Marshall High in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was a member of sectional championship teams in both soccer and basketball. Upon his graduation in 1952 he was named John Marshall’s Outstanding Athlete. Len went onto Hobart College where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball and baseball and a one-year letter winner in soccer.  He was captain of the 1955-56 Hobart basketball team that was honored by Hobart as a Team of Distinction in February of 2010. He also served as captain of the baseball team.

Len served as an assistant tennis coach at William Smith for over three decades and was presented the Heron Award in May of 2009 for his commitment to William Smith. He has won multiple tournaments in men’s singles, doubles, and as well as mixed doubles with his wife Shirley. He won first place in the N.Y. State Senior Games in tennis in 2005 and 2008. Since retiring as a social studies teacher at Midlakes High School Len has been very active in community service in Geneva as a volunteer.

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