At the All-Division High School Banquet held at the West Valley Inn, Leoni was presented with the Ben Mondor Award, recognizing lifetime service to Rhode Island baseball. Mondor, the current owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, is highly regarded for his charitable work in the New England area. Leoni was presented the award by Mike LaBarbera, a former All-American under Leoni at the University of Rhode Island.
Before coming to William and Mary, Leoni had a long and successful stint as the head coach at the University of Rhode Island, where he was the winningest coach in the school's history. A URI graduate, Leoni guided the Rams for 13 seasons and led the program to unprecedented success. In addition to compiling a 146-118-1 record during his final five seasons, he led the squad to two consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season championships and three consecutive Atlantic 10 East Division championships.
In 2005, Rhode Island posted a 34-21 mark and earned the program's initial NCAA Tournament berth after claiming the A-10 title. Under Leoni's watch, the Rams earned at least 24 wins in each of his last seven seasons and compiled a conference record of 54-18 from 2003-05.
In 2004, he led the Rams to a school-record 35 victories and a 20-4 mark in A-10 play, becoming just the second school in league history to win 20 conference games. His accomplishments did not go unrecognized, as he was named the A-10 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Additionally, he garnered New England Coach of the Year accolades for his efforts.
While the accomplishments on the field are impressive, Leoni's commitment to developing student-athletes who excel in the classroom is also notable. At Rhode Island, he coached two District I Academic All-Americans and four Academic All-Conference selections during his final three years. The tradition of success has continued at W&M, as Sexton and Jeff Lunardi '05 have each earned Academic All-District III acclaim. Additionally, the 2005 URI team and 2006 W&M squad were recognized among the top 10 percent of all D-I programs for the Academic Progress Rating (APR).
Not only was Leoni a presence on the field, he had a positive impact on the Rhode Island community. He ran several clinics for local children, and his summer camps were among the most popular in New England. Leoni has continued this since his arrival in Williamsburg, continuing his popular camps while also doing community service in and around Williamsburg with the Tribe.
Since arriving in Williamsburg in 2006, Leoni has continued to build the William and Mary program. In 2009, Leoni became the fastest coach to 100 wins in the program's history. Leoni made more history this season, notching his 400th career victory with a 10-9 win over Longwood on April 20. Over his five seasons at the College, Leoni has racked up 139 wins, averaging more than 27 victories each year.
Along with his success on the field, Leoni has also helped numerous players reach the professional level. In total, Leoni has had 21 of his former players at Rhode Island and William and Mary either get drafted or sign free agent contracts to play professionally.
Leoni, a Cranston, Rhode Island, native was an A-10 All-Academic performer as a shortstop for the Rams and held six school records at the conclusion of the 1991 season. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1990 and completed work on his master's degree in Business Administration from URI in 2003.