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Highly-accomplished Leister ready to come home

Former CMR great John Leister looks to come full circle with Northern's head football job


December 19, 2017

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

John Leister speaks during a forum Monday inside Hensler Auditorium. Leister, who was a star quarterback at Michigan State, a professional athlete in two sports, and who had a long and successful coaching career at NCAA DIII Alma College, is the third candidate to interview for the vacant head football job at MSU-Northern.

In the annals of athletic accomplishments, few coaches at the NAIA level have the background John Leister has. An All-Conference quarterback at Michigan State, drafted not once, but twice in Major League Baseball, played for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Boston Red Sox. Leister's athletic achievements are well documented and highly-impressive.

They're especially impressive considering Leister didn't grow up in New York City or Los Angeles or Seattle. He didn't play high school football in hotbed areas like Ohio or Florida. No, Leister went on to do everything he did while playing sp...

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