Leo Kilfoy was a consistent presence at St. Ambrose from the time he arrived to pursue a degree in teacher education and play football until his death in August 2018. He joined the St. Ambrose faculty in 1954 and held numerous positions through his retirement in 2002. Kilfoy was athletics director, director of recreation and intramurals and chairman of the Physical Education Department. He was a head coach in football, basketball, tennis and track, and an assistant coach in each of those sports as well. He also carried a full teaching load much of his career.
The criteria for a newly established scholarship in the revered coach's honor illustrates how important it is to the Kilfoy family to continue the impact that Coach Kilfoy had on his student-athletes. The Leo T. and Shirley M. Kilfoy Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a transfer athlete in football or men's or women's basketball who is seeking a second chance, with unmet financial need.