On Nov. 19, Southeastern’s Alumni Association honored former coach Author Leonard “Red” Swanson for being inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame at the annual River Bell Classic football game on at Strawberry Stadium.
Swanson was the Lion’s second football coach and lead the team to a 41-17-4 record between 1931 and 1937, including two undefeated seasons. Swanson had the highest win percentage of any Southeastern football coach.
Student and Lions football fan Jacob Morgan spoke highly of Swanson by calling him, “The only coach I’ve heard of with so many wins in multiple sports. Football, baseball, and basketball? That’s amazing,” Said Morgan.
Members of the Alumni Association as well as the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will be on the field during the game to honor Swanson with a banner and presentation.
Former Lions Quarterback Dr. Mark Porta recalled hearing about Swanson in the locker room. “Our coaches would sometimes mention Red in pep talks. The thought of an undefeated season used to really fire us up even though we weren’t as successful as those teams,” said Dr. Porta.
Swanson passed away in 1987 at the age of 82. His son, Author “Red” Swanson, Jr. went on to play professionally baseball for Pittsburgh Pirates.