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Arguably one of the most innovative coaches in the country, Mike Leach not only transformed Texas Tech Football,

Arguably one of the most innovative coaches in the country, Mike Leach not only transformed Texas Tech Football, but also the face of college football with an all-out aerial assault. This is evidenced by the number of programs incorporating more passing into their schemes than before. Leach's offense became a hot, commodity as coaching staffs from across the country came to Lubbock to get a glimpse into what makes the program tick.

Leading the nation's most prolific passing offenses in the country, Leach, received the All-American Football Foundation's 'Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award in 2006 as well as numerous accolades in 2008 including being named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and receiving both the George Munger and the Woody Hayes Award.

Leach helped guide the Red Raiders to four-straight NCAA passing titles from 2001-2004 and again in 2007 & 2008 as well as three-consecutive total offense titles (2001-2003) during his tenure. Leach's offense produced school records in nearly every passing category in 2000, but surpassed those numbers with each new season. His teams combined for over 151 team and individual records at Tech.

Leach-coached Red Raiders' best finishes with their nine-win seasons in 2002, 2005, and 2007 and an 11-win season in 2008. In 2002, Tech swept its in-state conference rivals Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M for the first time since 1997 and then defeated Clemson, 55–15, in the Tangerine Bowl. It was the Red Raiders' first postseason win since 1995 when they beat the Air Force Falcons in the Copper Bowl. In 2005, the Red Raiders opened their season with a 6–0 record, their best start since 1998, and defeated Oklahoma for the first time under Leach. The 2008 regular season ended with 11 wins and 1 loss, the best in school history, and also marked the first win over a #1 ranked team.

While leading the Red Raiders to 84 wins since 2000, Leach is the only coach in school history to lead his teams to a bowl game every year. He is the all-time winningest coach in both regular season and postseason play in Tech football history.

Prior to Texas Tech, Leach, in just one season at Oklahoma, directed a Sooner offense that went from one of the worst in the Big 12 Conference to one of the best. Under Leach's tutelage, Heupel was named 1999 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. For his efforts, Leach was nominated for the 1999 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country.

Leach guided an Oklahoma offense that went from 11th in the Big 12 in 1998 to first in 1999 and 101st in the nation to 11th. In just one year, OU's total offense numbers improved from 293.3 to 427.2 yards per game.

The rise in passing and scoring offense categories is just as impressive. Oklahoma went from last to first in the Big 12 in passing offense in one year, from 107th in the country to ninth. Under Leach, the Sooners improved from 109.9 yards passing per game to 321.7 yards per game.

In 1998, Oklahoma was last in the Big 12 and 101st in the country in scoring offense at 16.7 points per game. In 1999, the Sooners improved to second in the league and eighth in the country in scoring at 36.8 points per game, an increase of just over 20 points per game.

Under Leach, the Oklahoma offense set six Big 12 Conference and 17 OU records. The Sooners were one of only two schools in the nation to have six players with 20 or more receptions in 1999.

Prior to joining Bob Stoops' Oklahoma staff, Leach served as offensive coordinator for Hal Mumme at the University of Kentucky and Valdosta (Ga.) State University.

For two years at Kentucky under Mumme, Leach coached the Kentucky "Air Raid" offense that was one of the most explosive in Southeastern Conference history. Under Mumme and Leach, the Kentucky offense set six NCAA records, 41 Southeastern Conference records and 116 school records in 22 games. Leach's Kentucky offense featured the talented Couch, who passed for 4,275 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior.

Named 1996 Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly magazine, Leach helped Mumme lead Valdosta State to a 40-17-1 record. The 1993 Blazer offense smashed 66 school records, 22 conference records and seven national records. In 1994, Valdosta State advanced to the Division II playoffs with Leach's offense shattering 80 school records, 35 conference records and seven more national marks.

Leach and Mumme first teamed up at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he served as offensive coordinator and line coach for an offense that led the NAIA in passing yardage one season and finished second the other two. Iowa Wesleyan passed for more than 11,000 yards in Leach's three seasons and broke 26 national records.

Leach has also made coaching stops in Pori, Finland, where he served as head coach in the European Football League (1989), as well as one-year stints at College of the Desert (1988) and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (1987).

In August 2010, Mike Leach joined CBS College Sports Network as a football analyst where he will join play-by-play announcer Roger Twibell.

After graduating with honors from BYU in 1983, Leach earned a Master's Degree from the U.S. Sports Academy and his law degree from Pepperdine University, where he graduated in the top one-third of his class.

The oldest of six siblings, Leach and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of four children; Janeen Kim, Cody, and, Kiersten.


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