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All of the members of last year’s Seminole County girls varsity team and coaching staff who returned this season after spending the Lady Indians’ 2011-12 campaign under longtime coach Jesse McLeod, returned to find their beloved leader was no longer with them. McLeod, who spent 30-plus years as the Seminole County A.D. and hoops coach in Donalsonville, died shortly after the end of last season from cancer. So as a tribute to McLeod, the girls decided to not only dedicate the season to him, but they also made shirts with his picture on it to wear and remember him by. (

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‘We miss him so much’

You’d be hard pressed to find a single person in Donalsonville — or anyone, for that matter, who knew Jesse McLeod — who doesn’t feel this way about the longtime Seminole County Athletic Director and girls basketball coach, who lost a sudden battle with cancer shortly after last season, sending shockwaves through an entire community.


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