Hall of fame high school coach Leo “Smokey” Boyd dies

Hall of fame high school coach Leo “Smokey” Boyd dies.
Hall of fame high school coach Leo “Smokey” Boyd dies.(WNEM)
Published: Aug. 6, 2022 at 11:56 AM EDT
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SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) - TV5 has learned that hall of fame coach Leo “Smokey” Boyd has passed away at the age of 91.

Boyd was a great athlete in the 1940s at Saginaw St. Peter and Paul High School and was also on Michigan State College’s 1952 National Champion football team.

He was a very distinguished high school coach, leading St. Peter and Paul’s varsity boys basketball to the state finals in 1977 and 1978.

He coached Nouvel Catholic Central’s football team to the Class “C” state finals in 1987 and the track team to the Class “C” state Championship in 1989.

He compiled a 384-226 record in basketball at St. Peter and Paul and Bay City Central high schools and chalked up more victories than any other football coach in Saginaw County with a record of 309-112-4. he was named to both the Michigan football and basketball coaches association hall of fame along with being named a Saginaw County hall of famer and a Nouvel high school hall of famer.

The Diocese of Saginaw released the following statement about Boyd’s passing:

“It is with great sadness we have learned of the passing of Leo ‘Smokey’ Boyd,” said Erin Carlson, Diocese of Saginaw spokesperson. “His unwavering devotion to Catholic school education, as both a teacher and Hall of Fame coach, leaves a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations. Our community will continue to be blessed by his commitment and witness to the Catholic faith.

“Last year, a scholarship for Catholic school students was established by the St. Gerard Society in honor of the entire Boyd family, which includes Smokey and his late wife, Betty. Those who wish to honor their memory may consider giving to this fund, which offers tuition assistance to Catholic school students.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Boyd family during this difficult time.”

The Nouvel football field was named after him in 1995.

His son Mike Boyd, who is also a member of the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame is set to be inducted into the Saginaw County sports hall of fame this fall. making them a rare father and son combo to be inducted.

TV5 has also learned Leo “Smokey” Boyd’s wife Betty passed away on July 26th.

Her obituary says she passed away peacefully at the age of 91.