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Former NSU track athletes expected to return in reunion luncheon for Johnson
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An all-time reunion of Northwestern State track and field competitors, coaches and staff is set Saturday, Nov. 9, with the centerpiece event being “Lunch with Leon,” honoring recently retired coach Leon Johnson.

The 11 a.m. luncheon will be held in Prather Coliseum with the program focused on Johnson, who ended a remarkable 31-year tenure as head track and field coach with his July 3 retirement announcement.

“Lunch with Leon” will follow a 10 a.m. facility tour and ceremony at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex and precedes the 3 p.m. home football game pitting the Demons against Lamar in Turpin Stadium. Early arrivals can participate in a Friday night reception Nov. 8 at Mama’s Oyster House in downtown Natchitoches.

A minimum donation of $20 per person will cover expenses for lunch, football game tickets and a parking pass, and will support establishment of the Leon Johnson Endowed Track and Field Scholarship.

A registration button and a complete schedule are located at ( ) or can be obtained by contacting Adam Jonson, the associate athletic director at NSU, via e-mail at or by calling 318-357-5251.

Former athletes and colleagues are invited to contribute content for a video presentation by contacting Doug Ireland, NSU’s assistant athletic director/sports information director, at or by calling 318-357-6467 by Oct. 1.

“I cannot even begin to express how much Leon has meant not only to the NSU track and field program, but to our athletics department, university, community and the state,” said director of athletics Greg Burke. Nobody worked harder and nobody cared more than Leon. The term ‘icon’ is certainly applicable to someone who has been so revered for his professionalism and knowledge.

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