For four decades Coach Hunt was involved with athletic programs at Gobles High School, and was even awarded Assistant Coach of the Year in the State of Michigan in both football and baseball. He was inducted into the Gobles Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Gobles High School baseball field was named The Leo Hunt Field in his honor more than ten years ago.
As a young man Coach Hunt brought his own exceptional athletic career to a halt so he could serve our country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. He saw action in France, Belgium, and Germany, and helped to liberate a concentration camp in the closing days of the war. After the war Leo moved to Gobles where he and his wife Betty raised a family, many of whom maintain strong ties with the school district.
It would be impossible to count the number of students Coach Hunt influenced during the years he dedicated to athletic programs at Gobles High School, but the number would be more than one thousand. It would be impossible to estimate the impact he had on each and every one, but it would be huge.
Hayward and Smith played Taps just before The National Anthem was played by the Gobles High School Marching Band. Hayward plays trumpet in the marching band at The University of Michigan, and Smith plays trumpet as a member of the marching band at Western Michigan University.