Men's Tennis Coach Dick Leach Announces Retirement

April 23, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - USC men's tennis coach Dick Leach, a former Trojan All-American who has led USC to three NCAA titles in his 23-year coaching career, announced today that he will step down from his coaching duties June 1, following the completion of the 2002 season.

Leach, 62, will remain on staff at USC as emeritus director of men's tennis. In the new role, he will advise athletic director Mike Garrett and the new men's coach on the development of the Trojan tennis program, as well as help raise funds for USC tennis.

Garrett said a national search for Leach's replacement will begin soon.

'In these 23 years, I've accomplished everything I set out to do when I first took the job in 1980,' said Leach. 'I'm most proud of my three NCAA titles and that both my sons played for me, but now I can spend more time watching my family grow. I am so lucky because I've been able to work for the greatest university in the United States. It's where my father, I and my sons all went to school.'

'We're losing a legend at USC and in the tennis community,' said Garrett. 'Coach Leach has done so much good here. He has produced so many outstanding teams and developed so many great players. He is as much a Trojan as anyone ever has been. He will be difficult to replace but I'm delighted that he will continue to serve the university and the tennis program in an emeritus role after his coaching retirement.'

Leach's teams have won a total of seven conference titles and captured three NCAA championships (1991-93-94) in 22 postseason appearances. His Trojans also advanced to the NCAA semifinals eight times and to the NCAA quarterfinals three times. Including a 19-5 overall mark and second-place Pac-10 finish (5-2) this season (the NCAA Regionals begin May 10), Leach boasts an overall record of 529-133 for a superb .799 winning percentage.

He has been named ITA National Coach of the Year twice (1987-91) and Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times (1987-91-92-94). He produced more than 35 All-Americans during his tenure, including two NCAA singles champs (Robert Van't Hof in 1980 and Cecil Mamiit in 1996) and three NCAA doubles titlists (son Rick Leach and Tim Pawsat in 1986, Rick Leach again with Scott Melville in 1987 and Eric Amend and Byron Black in 1989). Four of his players were Pac-10 Players of the Year (Van't Hof in 1980, Rick Leach in 1987, Brian MacPhie in 1993 and Wayne Black in 1994). He also coached U.S. Olympian Eric Amend, future pro stars Luke and Murphy Jensen and current Washington men's tennis coach Matt Anger. Other All-Americans he has coached include his other son, Jon, who played on all three of his NCAA championship teams and his current All-American seniors Andrew Park, Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey.

Leach was a three-year letterwinner at USC (1959-1961) under former head coach George Toley and achieved All-American third team honors in 1961. During his playing career, he received 26 U.S. national rankings in singles and doubles.

After spending five years as head coach at Arcadia (Calif.) High (1965-1969), three years coaching the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team (1966-1968) and seven years as the pro at the San Marino Tennis Club (1969-1976), Leach took over for Toley as USC's head coach in 1980 seven matches into the season. That year, he led the team to a tie for the Pac-10 championship and a third-place finish in the NCAA tournament.

Leach has continued to play tennis competitively throughout his coaching career and has won 15 national father-son titles with sons Rick and Jon.

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DICK LEACH'S CAREER COACHING RECORD At USC

Overall NCAA Pac-10 Pac-10
Year W L Pct. Finish W L Pct. Finish

1980* 22 5 .815 Semifinals 8 2 .800 1st, tie
1981 28 10 .737 Semifinals 5 5 .500 3rd, tie
1982 30 5 .857 First Round 7 3 .700 2nd
1983 29 5 .853 Semifinals 8 2 .800 2nd
1984 32 4 .889 Quarterfinals 9 1 .900 1st
1985 34 4 .895 Semifinals 8 2 .800 2nd
1986 25 7 .781 Quarterfinals 7 3 .700 2nd
1987 32 1 .970 Semifinals 9 0 1.000 1st
1988 25 5 .833 Semifinals 7 3 .700 2nd
1989 17 13 .567 Second Round 6 4 .600 3rd
1990 22 8 .733 Semifinals 7 3 .700 2nd, tie
1991 30 2 .938 Champions 9 1 .900 1st
1992 21 3 .875 Semifinals 9 1 .900 1st
1993 22 2 .917 Champions 9 1 .900 1st
1994 22 3 .880 Champions 9 1 .900 1st
1995 14 8 .636 First Round 5 5 .500 3rd
1996 18 7 .720 Quarterfinals 7 3 .700 2nd, tie
1997 18 6 .750 Third Round 6 4 .600 3rd
1998 17 7 .708 First Round 5 2 .714 2nd, tie
1999 19 5 .792 Second Round 5 2 .714 3rd
2000 18 9 .667 Third Round 5 2 .714 3rd
2001 15 9 .625 Round of 16 3 4 .429 4th, tie
2002 19 5 .792 TBD 5 2 .714 2nd, tie


23 Yrs. 529 133 .799 3 titles 158 56 .738 7 titles

*Began as head coach seven matches into season.

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