Mississippi State family mourns passing of Mike Leach

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Mississippi Point out University head soccer coach Michael Charles “Mike” Leach passed absent on Monday evening at the College of Mississippi Healthcare Heart in Jackson, Mississippi, following troubles from a heart affliction. He was 61.

In a statement, the Leach relatives stated: “Mike was a giving and attentive spouse, father and grandfather. He was equipped to take part in organ donation at UMMC as a final act of charity. We are supported and uplifted by the outpouring of really like and prayers from relatives, friends, Mississippi State College, the clinic team, and soccer enthusiasts all over the world. Thank you for sharing in the joy of our beloved spouse and father’s everyday living.”

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum said: “Coach Mike Leach solid a tremendous shadow not just over Mississippi State College, but in excess of the entire college or university soccer landscape. His progressive ‘Air Raid’ offense adjusted the video game. Mike’s eager intellect and unvarnished candor built him one of the nation’s real coaching legends. His passing delivers great disappointment to our college, to the Southeastern Convention, and to all who liked school soccer. I will skip Mike’s profound curiosity, his honesty, and his wide-open method to pursuing excellence in all points.

“Mike’s demise also underscores the fragility and uncertainty of our life. A few weeks ago, Mike and I were alongside one another in the locker area celebrating a hard-fought victory in Oxford. Mike Leach really embraced lifetime and lived in these types of a method as to depart no regrets. That’s a worthy legacy. Might God bless the Leach family in the course of these times and hrs. The prayers of the Bulldog family members go with them,” Keenum extra.

MSU Interim Athletics Director Bracky Brett mentioned: “We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of Mike Leach. School soccer dropped one of its most beloved figures these days, but his legacy will final forever. Mike’s energetic individuality, influential existence and extraordinary management touched tens of millions of athletes, college students, coaches, supporters, household and pals for many years.

“Mike was an innovator, pioneer and visionary. He was a faculty soccer icon, a coaching legend but an even better man or woman,” Brett included. “We are all greater for owning recognized Mike Leach. The feelings and prayers of Mississippi State College and the whole Bulldog spouse and children are with his wife Sharon, his youngsters and the total Leach family members.”

Leach, who was named Mississippi State’s 34th head soccer coach on January 9, 2020, was finishing his 3rd season in Starkville and 21st as a head mentor. Permanently a college football icon, he leaves an amazing legacy as a spouse, father, mate and chief of young adult men.

The oldest of 6 siblings, Leach and his spouse Sharon shared four young children: Janeen, Kimberly, Cody and Kiersten.

Born in Susanville, California to Frank and Sandra Leach, Leach was elevated in Cody, Wyoming.

Following graduating with honors from BYU in 1983 wherever he played rugby, Leach earned a master’s degree from the U.S. Sports Academy and his Juris Health practitioner from Pepperdine University, in which he graduated in the best a single-third of his course.

For approximately four a long time, Leach had an unmatched effect on the sport of soccer which includes 1000’s of scholar-athletes, coaches and personnel. He was a two-time national mentor of the yr, three-time Ability 5 meeting mentor of the 12 months and the mastermind driving the NCAA history-setting “Air Raid” offense.

Right before becoming head mentor at Mississippi Point out in 2020, Leach also served as head coach at Texas Tech and Washington Point out.

In his 21 seasons as a head coach, Leach’s teams appeared in a full of 19 bowl games. 7 moments his groups recorded nine wins or additional in a year, and his occupation record was 158-107 (.596 profitable proportion). 

Leach went 19-17 in his three seasons at Mississippi Condition, which include an 8-4 file this season. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Illinois in the ReliaQuest Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 2.

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