Hartigan And Kalms Win Conference Championships In The 100-Yard Freestyle
Both Teams Sit In Third Place Of Their Respective Conference Championships
The Cowgirls Move Up Four Places At MW Championships
The Cowboy And Cowgirls 800 Freestyle Relay Teams Both Broke School Records
The Pokes Defeated Air Force, Seattle And North Dakota For The Second Straight Day
Matt Leach enters his sixth season at the University of Wyoming. Before the 2011-12 season, he was named associate head coach of the Cowboy and Cowgirl swimming teams. Leach brings extensive experience and knowledge of collegiate swimming, and works specifically with the sprint swimmers. He has helped head coach Tom Johnson in leading the Cowboys and Cowgirls to their best finishes in school history at the Mountain West Championships. Leach has also helped lead Cowgirls swimming to their four-consecutive top-three finishes at the MW Championships and a second place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
In his short time at Wyoming, Leach has coached sprint swimmers to NCAA and Olympic trials competitions. Leach helped lead Cowgirl sprint swimmer Kelsey Conci to the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke and the 50 and 100 freestyle. Conci placed 10th in the 100 backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Championships and then ninth at the 2012 championships becoming the first Cowgirl to earn back-to-back Honorable Mention All-America honors. He also helped Conci to a 2012 Olympic trials semifinal berth in the 100 backstroke.
Leach helped the Cowboys finish seventh and the Cowgirls finish eighth in the EndlessPools.com Mid-Major rankings in 2013-14. Last season, he also helped Adam Kalms become the Cowboys' first back-to-back All-America honoree since Scott Usher (2003-05).
In 2012-13, Leach lead Kalms to a trio of conference championships. He also helped Kalms earn Honorable Mention All-America honors after a successful run at the NCAA Championships. Leach also coached Second Team All-MPSF performers Jeff Frey and Ethan Griffel. On the women's side Leach mentored Morgan Hartigan, as she earned All-MW honors in 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.
In 2009-10, senior sprint-freestyle swimmer Cassie Stelow swam for the Cowgirls at the NCAA Championships in the 50 freestyle.
Leach came to Wyoming from Louisiana State University where he began as a graduate assistant in 2004, and then as an assistant coach for two seasons. At LSU, Leach helped guide several athletes to the NCAA Championships, and a top-25 ranking for both the men's and women's teams. Leach also served as the head age group coach at Tiger Aquatics from 2006-2009. After a short time there, Leach was named the 2007 Louisiana State Age Group Coach of the Year for his efforts in his first season. Earlier in his career, Leach was the head coach of the men's and women's swimming program at Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Ind.
A native of Portland, Ore., Leach swam in college at Indiana University where he was a four-year letterman and captain. He became a five-time All-American and helped the Hoosiers to a Big Ten Conference Championship in the 200 medley relay as a senior. Leach was a participant in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, as well.
Leach graduated from Indiana in December 2004 with a bachelor's degree in environmental management. He received his master's degree in environmental studies from LSU in May of 2007.