Former Men's Tennis Coach Dick Leach To Be Honored Thursday

Dec. 11, 2002

MIAMI, FLA. - Retired Southern California men's tennis coach Dick Leach will be honored Thursday night as the 2002 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year during the 18th annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention at Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

Leach will be collecting his third Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year award at the Dec. 12 ITA Welcoming Banquet. Former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Tom Gullikson will present Leach with the award (which was announced in May).

Leach, who retired after 23 seasons of coaching in May, captured his fourth NCAA title as coach of USC last May. USC, which went 25-5 in 2001-02, entered the 2002 NCAAs as the No. 11 seed and upset the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 6 seeds en route to the title. Leach retired with 535 career victories, four NCAA team titles, two NCAA singles champs, three NCAA doubles champs and seven Pac-10 titles.

Nearly 300 men's and women's college tennis coaches at all levels will be attending this week's convention at Doral. The four-day convention will be highlighted by more than 25 guest clinicians including the likes of Stan Smith, Nick Bollettieri, Dennis Van der Meer, Dr. Jack Groppel and Dr. Jim Loehr of LGE Performance, Stanford's Dick Gould, coach of a record 17 NCAA men's team titles, and Leach.

In addition offering clinics and events, the ITA Coaches Convention serves as the venue for the annual association meetings.

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