Aquinas’s Leonard & Strom Thurmond’s Hillary Named Border Bowl 4 Head Coaches

Augusta, GA (WJBF) — Aquinas’ James Leonard and Strom Thurmond’s Antwaun Hillary will lead Team Georgia and Team South Carolina in Border Bowl 4 next January. The two coaches of our all-star teams were announced Tuesday afternoon at Television Park.

Both coaches were excited about the opportunity to coach in the Border Bowl. Our annual all-star game put on with the Augusta Chronicle features seniors only. While many will be going off to college, for some this will be their last time putting on a football uniform. And our two coaches realize that makes this game extra special. “You need to make sure they have fun,” James Leonard said Tuesday. “For most of these guys it’s going to be the last time they play football. Wanna make sure they play and enjoy it, but at the same time being a coach you want to win. The kids want to win too.” Coach Hillary added, “You got some guys that are going to go to college and play at the next level. But you got some guys that’s not. They do a good job trying to compete and ultimately win the game.

Both coaches also said they love that the game is played for a great cause. In 3 Border Bowls, nearly $40,000 has been raised for the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta.

Team Georgia is 2-1 vs Team South Carolina in the Border Bowl.

Here’s some more info on our two coaches:


James Leonard – Aquinas

Graduated Aquinas High School in 2005

Began a 10-year run as Assistant Coach at Aquinas as a junior in high school due to a medical condition that forced him off the field

Named head coach in 2013 at Aquinas High School

Won state championship in his first year

Youngest coach ever to win State Championship at the age of 26 years old

Record of 38-3 in three years at Aquinas

His grandfather Denny Leonard was the first ever head football coach at Aquinas High School


Antwaun Hillary – South Carolina

Finishing year 10 in education

9 years at Strom Thurmond High

7 years as an Assistant and 2 years as Head Coach Has been apart of 7 Region Championships in 9 years at STHS Last season went 10-2….Region II-2A Champions

17-7 record as head coach

2015 High School Sports Report Region II-2A Coach of the Year

2015 SC Coaches Association 2-A Coach of the Year

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