Former Husky Grant Leep Joins EWU Coaching Staff

July 25, 2005

CHENEY, Wash. - Former University of Washington sharpshooter Grant Leep, who has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Community Colleges of Spokane, recently joined the Eastern Washington University men's basketball coaching staff.

Leep graduated from the UW with a political science degree in 2002, andspent one season as an assistant at North Seattle Community College before moving to Spokane. The Sasquatch were 40-22 in two seasons with Leep on the staff of head coach Eric Hughes, who was an assistant coach at Washington when Leep played there.

Spokane finished 24-9 in the 2004-05 season en route to winning the Eastern Region title and placing fourth at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Tournament. In his first year at the school, the Sasquatch finished 16-13.

A four-year letterman for the Huskies (1999-02), Leep was a freshman onWashington's 1999 NCAA Tournament team. He was team captain as a seniorin the 2001-02 season when he averaged 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds pergame as a starter at small forward.

He led the Pac-10 Conference in three-point field goal percentage that season as he made a school-record 52.7 percent (39-of-74). He also holds the school record for career three-point shooting at 42.9 percent (60-of-14).

In his senior season, Leep was honored as winner of the Hec EdmundsonAward (most inspirational) and the Wurster Award (top hustler). He alsoreceived recognition for Tyee Sports Council Community Service and 101Club Scholar/Athlete Award.

Leep earned honorable mention All-America accolades while at MountVernon, Wash., High School, and three times was honored as an All-Stateselection. As a senior in the 1997-98 school year, he averaged 17.3points per game to lead his team to a 25-2 record and a third-placefinish at the State 3A Tournament.

He scored 28 points and had 13 rebounds in the final game of his high school career in a 70-56 victory over Mercer Island. Before joining the Huskies, he scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds for a group of all-stars from the state of Washington in a 68-67 loss to Oregon in the Northwest Shootout.

As a junior, Mount Vernon finished 28-1 and lost to Mercer Island in thetitle game of the State 3A Tournament. He averaged 18.2 points and 8.5rebounds that season, and 20.1 points and 9.0 rebounds as a sophomore.

Leep was born Sept. 30, 1979 in Bozeman, Mont. He is married to theformer Allison Richardson, who was a standout volleyball player atWashington who now works as a sports reporter and anchor for KXLY TV inSpokane.

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