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Greg Leland being inducted into Manteca Hall of Fame

Greg Leland during his years as the Sierra High head football coach.

HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo


POSTED April 25, 2013 2:02 a.m.

Greg Leland - whose dedication to young people has spanned 27 years - is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

The dinner and induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame take place Saturday, May 11, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $50 apiece and available at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 Alameda St., or by calling 239-KIDS.

Other members of the Class of 2013 are Jack Miller, athletics; Mike Henry, education; Lucille and the late William “Bill” Harris, at-large; George J. Abdallah, government; Karl Konrad Wolf, health care; Randy Ernest Albertsen, agriculture; and David Bricker, community service.

Leland is being inducted for education.

Those nominating Leland point to his “great strength in curriculum”, his working with evaluating and mentoring other teachers, as well as his dedication to students and the community.

Leland currently serves as vice principal at Sierra High.

His Manteca Unified School District career started in 1984 as a Manteca High student teacher. His first full-time teaching position was from 1985-86 as a world history and English teacher at Lathrop School. He then taught health psychology, and peer resource at Manteca High from 1986 to 1992. Leland worked from 1992 to 1994 as East Union High’s peer resource and driver education teacher.

He joined Sierra High’s staff in 1994 where he taught health, world history, and advanced placement European history until 2011.

He served as the summer school principal at Shasta, Neil Hafley and Sierra in 2002, 2003, and 2009.

From 2000 to 2011 he split his duties between being dean of activities, administrator and teaching. In 2011, he became a fulltime vice principal.

He was an assistant football coach at Manteca High and East Union High schools from 1985 to 1993, assistant track and field coach at Manteca High and East Union from 1987 to 1994, and served as head track and field coach at Sierra High from 1994 to 1999 where his teams enjoyed three Valley Oak League championships and the San Joaquin Section Division III title in 1999. Leland was the head Sierra High football coach from 1994 to 2004. In 2009, he did a stint as the head freshmen girls’ softball coach for Sierra.

Leland was honored as Manteca Unified Outstanding Young Educator in 1987-88, served as a board member from 1992 to 1988 for the California Association of Peer Programs, was EPIC Teacher of the Year in 1996-97, was a charter board member of Give Every Child a Chance in 1998, earned the Ferlito Alejandra/San Joaquin County Sportsmanship Commission Award in 1999, was the California State Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2000, was a Prudential Foundation Outstanding Educator in 2001, was the 2009 California Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year, and was bestowed the Best of Manteca honors for school administrators in 2010.

Community endeavors include Manteca Partners in Prevention 1985 to 1996, director of Manteca’s 24-Hour Relay 1993 to 1995, Give Every Child a Chance 1998 to 2004, Spreckels Park Little League board member and coach 1998 to 2008, Manteca Unified Student Trust (MUST) founding board member 2005 to 2012, and American Cancer Society Relay for Life site logistics committee chain 2006 to 2011.

Leland and his wife Debbie have been married 24 years. Both of their children - Brittany and Mike - graduated from Nile Garden School and Sierra High. Brittany, 22, is in her senior year at Sacramento State majoring in history. Mike is Sierra’s associated student body president. He plans to major in environmental engineering.

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