July 1, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
"We are tremendously excited to have this position for Matt," Johnson said. "This is a testament to his hard work and his commitment to Wyoming Athletics and Wyoming swimming and diving."
Leach, a native of Portland, Ore., will be entering his third season as a UW swimming coach. Leach has helped Johnson in leading the Cowboys and Cowgirls to their best finishes in school history at the Mountain West Championships. In his short time at UW, Leach has coached sprint swimmers to NCAA and Olympic trials competition.
Last season, Leach helped coach junior Cowgirl swimmer Kelsey Conci to an appearance at the NCAA Championships, where she was named Honorable Mention All-America in the 100-yard backstroke. Conci also earned a 2012 Olympic trial cut time in the 50 freestyle during the 2010 season. Conci was the second consecutive Cowgirl to make the NCAA Championships. In 2010, former Cowgirl Cassie Stelow swam for UW in the 50 free at the NCAA Championship meet.
"It is an honor to be in this position," Leach said. "I would like to give credit to the student-athletes that work hard every day in the pool and weight room. The sprint group has really transformed and has been able to be at the NCAA level and be in the top one percent of swimmers. We try our best to make them see the ultimate goal, to swim at the highest level possible and I think they are beginning to see that."
Leach swam in college at Indiana University, where he was a four-year letter winner and earned All-America honors five times. He was also a participant in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. He graduated from Indiana in December 2004 with a bachelor's degree in environmental management. He received his master's degree in environmental studies from Louisiana State University in May of 2007.