Hall of Fame
|Leslie Steele, Class of 1940
Induction Class of 2008
Both freshman and sophomore years Steele won both the State and Mississippi Valley Conference Title with a combined record of 57-4. Steele scored 598 points as a freshman and 692 points as a sophomore earning All-State and All-MVC honors both years. Steele, a sophomore, was offered to go pro by the New York Celtics after they barely defeated SJC 32-30.
Steele received offers from the New York Celtics and the University of Kentucky and ultimately went to Memphis State. As of 2008, Steele was only one of six players at the University of Memphis who have scored 40 or more points in one game. Leslie also played Tennis at Memphis State and is a member of the University of Memphis Sports Hall of Fame. Steele earned his BS from Memphis and his Masters in Education from the University of Mississippi.
Leslie was an educator for 43 years serving as an administrator to Arkansas Schools. During the 1960’s he returned to MDJC as Dean of Mean and as a Social Science instructor. He also coached Tennis at MDJC.
Leslie Steele passed in 1997 at the age of 79.