Pete Leebrook is beginning his Washington State coaching career this fall, bringing with him several years of coaching and playing experience at top levels of soccer. Leebrook will assist with all aspects of coaching and will serve as the WSU summer camp coordinator.
"Pete's background in playing, coaching and teaching is an invaluable asset for our program," WSU Head Coach Matt Potter said. "I respect his ideas and coaching abilities very much and his coming to WSU is nothing but a positive for our team."
Leebrook comes to Pullman from the Sereno Soccer Club in Arizona. He was an assistant technical director/camp and clinic coordinator, coach and trainer for Sereno from 1997-2003. Leebrook was the head coach for Sereno's 87 and 89 boys as well as the trainer for nine other Sereno teams, racking up 11 Arizona state championships, three regional runner-up finishes and one Region IV, regional championship in 2001. Leebrook is also a member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP), serving the Arizona ODP staff since 1998 and the working with the regional staff in 2003.
Prior to joining the Sereno club, Leebrook was an independent professional coach from 1995-1997, winning three Arizona state championships with the `82 Classics' girls team. Leebrook and the '82 Classics' team joined Sereno and went on to win 7 back to back State championships and produce two national pool players. From 1990-1993 Leebrook was a player/coach for the University of Newcastle (Newcastle, England) where he won two national championships. During the summers of 1990-1993 he was the camp and clinics coordinator for Hill Soccer Camps in New Jersey.
"My coaching philosophy is very simple- there is no substitute for hard work, but players must enjoy the game at the same time," Leebrook said.
At age 15, Leebrook left his high school team, club team and representative teams of East Midlands (Regional Team) and U-16 England Schoolboys, to play professionally for Burnley F.C. (English Div.1). He made 80 first team appearances including the famous Burnley vs. Orient in 1987 and appearing at Wembley vs. Wolves in 1988.
In 1990 Leebrook went to the University of Newcastle to continue his education and play/coach for the Newcastle squad. While at Newcastle he also represented Great Britain in two World Student Games and carried the flag for the entire British University party in 1993 in Buffalo NY.
The same year Leebrook graduated from Newcastle with a B.A. Honors Degree in sports studies. He then earned a postgraduate certificate in secondary education at De Montford University at Bedford in 1994.
Leebrook and his wife Tracey are excited to bring their two daughters Sophie (three) and Emma (eight months) to the Palouse so they can enjoy the four seasons and outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.