Pete Leebrook Latest Addition To New Cougar Staff
July 24, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - First year Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter announced Thursday Pete Leebrook has joined the Cougar soccer coaching staff. Leebrook will assist in all coaching aspects of the program as well as serving as the WSU soccer summer camp coordinator.
'Pete brings both a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a former player and as a coach. His professionalism and work ethic is second to none and coupled with his personality I am thrilled that he has accepted the challenge to help build the soccer program here at Washington State,' Potter said.
Leebrook, a USSF 'A' licensed coach, comes to Pullman from Arizona, where he was a head coach as well as the assistant technical director/camp clinic coordinator for the Sereno Soccer Club since 1997. With Sereno he was the head coach of two teams and the trainer for nine others. Leebrook has led his teams to one Region IV, regional championship (2001), three regional runner-up finishes and 11 Arizona state titles. Leebrook coached for the Region IV, regional ODP (Olympic Development Program) in 2003 and the Arizona ODP staff since 1998.
Before joining the Sereno Soccer Club, Leebrook was an independent, professional soccer coach, winning three Arizona state championships from 1995-1997. While attending the University of Newcastle (Newcastle, England) he won two national championships as a player/coach. Before attending Newcastle he played professionally for Burnley F.C. (English Div.1), making 80 first team appearances.
Leebrook graduated in 1993 from Newcastle with a B.A. Honors Degree in sports studies. He received his postgraduate certificate in secondary education from De Montford University at Bedford in 1994.
Leebrook and his wife Tracey have two daughters; Sophie (three) and Emma (eight months). The Leebrooks enjoy the outdoors and are excited to start a new chapter in the Pacific Northwest.
The first year coaching staff is entering the 2003 season with a squad that returns nine starters, 21 letterwinners and made an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.