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Mike Leach
Mike Leach

Cody, Wyo.

Last College:
Brigham Young University, 1983

Head Coach


Year at WSU:


Rosters Announced For Crimson and Gray Game

The Crimson and Gray Game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, Wash.


Cougars Preparing for Spokane Week

Spokane Week begins April 15 and culminates April 20 with the annual Crimson & Gray game at Joe Albi Stadium.


Cougar Football Spring Practice Recap, Day 8

WSU worked out in full pads for two hours and finished the day with a couple live team segments Saturday.


Cougar Football Spring Practice Recap, Day 7

The Cougars continue spring drills Saturday with a scrimmage set for 1:15 p.m. in Martin Stadium.


Cougar Football Spring Practice Recap, Full Pads

The Cougars practiced in full pads for the first time this spring, working out for two hours Tuesday afternoon.


2012 Year in Photos

The 2012 Washington State Football Season Highlights Captured in Photos


Washington St. vs. Washington

Washington St. vs. Washington


Washington State vs. Utah - AP Photos

Washington State vs. Utah - AP Photos (11/3/12)


Washington State vs. No 19 Standord - AP Photos

Washington State vs. No 19 Standord - AP Photos


Washington State takes on Cal at home

The Cougs face Cal in Pullman

Washington State University announced Nov. 30, 2011 that Mike Leach has been named the Cougars' head football coach.

In his first season in Pullman, Leach's high-powered offense led the Pac-12 Conference in passing, averaging 330.42 yards per game. That figure ranked ninth nationally and marked the second-highest average in school history. Seven times the Cougars threw for more than 350 yards, including the season-ending, 31-28, overtime win against Washington. In a season that produced a 3-9 overall record, the Cougars saw a bit of a youth movement as 17 freshmen played and only four seniors started regularly. Academically, nine Cougars received Pac-12 All-Academic honors while the 2012 fall semester football GPA of 2.66 marked the first time the football team had been over a 2.60 GPA for fall semester.

Leach brought a proven record of winning to Pullman. In 10 seasons as a head coach, all at Texas Tech (2000-09) his program earned 10 bowl bids. In addition, the Susanville, Calif., native who was raised in Cody, Wyo., recorded a school-record 84 victories during his tenure.

During his tenure, his offense led the nation in passing six times and three times accumulated the most total yards. In 2009, The Red Raiders were second in passing offense and fourth in total offense with both marks tops among BCS conference schools.

In 2008, Texas Tech set a program record with 11 regular-season wins while tying the overall victory record. The Red Raiders were ranked as high as second in the nation and four student-athletes earned All-America First Team status. Leach also received three national coach of the year awards, the Woody Hayes Award, the Howie Long/FieldTurf Coach of the Year and George Munger Award. Quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree finished fourth and fifth, respectively in the Heisman Trophy voting.

During Leach's time in Lubbock, Texas, the Red Raiders increased their yards per game by more than 150 and averaged nearly 20 points more per outing. In the passing game, Texas Tech threw for about 300 yards more per game in the decade Leach was at the helm.

Defensively, Texas Tech held opponents without an offensive touchdown a dozen times under Leach, including seven shutouts. Three of the whitewashes came in 2000 when the Red Raiders tied for the national lead.

Texas Tech special teams also improved under Leach as placekicker Alex Trlica (2004-07) set NCAA records for career extra points and extra points without a miss (233). His 377 points ranked in the NCAA career top 10 among kickers.

While Leach was the head coach, 17 Red Raiders were drafted by NFL teams. During his last-two seasons at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders earned 28 Big 12 All-Academic honors.

Prior to Texas Tech Leach spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma (1999), as the Sooners set six Big 12 Conference and 17 school records. He spent two seasons in a similar capacity at Kentucky (1997-98), the only two seasons in school history in which it passed for more than 4,000 yards while setting six NCAA and 41 Southeastern Conference records.

From 1992-96 he served as offensive coordinator at Valdosta State, where his offense broke several national, conference and school records, capping his final season by being named the 1996 Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year by the American Football Quarterly magazine.

Leach was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Iowa Wesleyan (1989-91) and his quarterbacks broke 26 NAIA records during those three seasons. In 1989, he was the head coach for Pori, Finland in the European League. The linebackers coach at College of the Desert (1988), Leach's coaching career began at Cal Poly (1987) where he mentored the offensive line.

After graduating with honors from BYU in 1983, Leach earned a master's degree from the U.S. Sports Academy and his law degree from Pepperdine, where he graduated in the top one-third of his class.

Leach and his wife Sharon have four children.

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