OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
389.5 yards per game. Senior offensive lineman Joe
Dahl earned Second-Team All-America honors while
defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa garnered First-
Team Freshman All-American honors by USA Today.
In 2014 Leach’s offense led the nation in passing
at 477.7 yards per game, the second-highest total in
FBS history, trailing only Houston’s 511.3 in 1989.
WSU set or tied 42 school, conference or NCAA
records during the season, including quarterback
Connor Halliday who threw for an NCAA single-game
record 734 yards against California.
In 2013, Leach’s second season at the helm of
the Cougars, he guided Washington State to the
Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the fi rst bowl game for
the Cougars in a decade. WSU ranked fourth in the
nation in passing offense, setting a school-record at
368 yards per game. Quarterback Connor Halliday
set WSU single-season records for passing yards
(4,587), attempts (714) and completions (449),
the fi rst WSU quarterback to surpass the 4,000-yard
mark. Safety Deone Bucannon became WSU’s fi rst
All-America fi rst-team selection since 2005 and was
later selected as the No. 27 overall pick in NFL Draft
by the Arizona Cardinals, the fi rst Cougar taken in the
fi rst round since 2003.
In his fi rst season in Pullman, Leach’s high-powered
offense led the Pac-12 Conference in passing,
averaging 330.42 yards per game. That fi gure ranked
ninth nationally and marked the second-highest
average in school history.
During his seven seasons in Pullman, Leach has
had 54 players each Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
Leach brought a proven record of winning to
Pullman. In 10 seasons as a head coach, all at Texas
Tech (2000-09) his program earned 10 bowl bids. In
addition, the Susanville, Calif., native who was raised
in Cody, Wyo., recorded a school-record 84 victories
during his tenure.
Leading the most prolifi c passing offense in the
country, Leach received three national coach of the
year awards in 2008 - the Woody Hayes Award, Howie
Long/Fieldturf Coach of the Year and George Munger
Award. He guided Texas Tech to six NCAA passing titles
and three total offense titles during his 10 seasons
in Lubbock, Texas. Leach’s offense produced school
records in nearly every passing category in 2000, his
fi rst season with the Red Raiders, but surpassed those
numbers in each of his next nine seasons.
Leach led Texas Tech to one of the most memorable
seasons in school history in 2008 as the team set
a program record with 11 regular-season wins en
route to an 11-2 record. The win total tied the mark,
set previously by the 1953 and 1973 Red Raider
squads. Numerous accolades poured in from across
the country as an unprecedented four players earned
fi rst-team All-America status, in addition to Leach’s
three coach of the year honors. Quarterback Graham
Harrell, offensive tackle Rylan Reed and offensive
guard Brandon Carter each garnered first-team
honors, while wide receiver Michael Crabtree was
honored as a unanimous All-American for the secondstraight
On the fi eld in 2008, the Red Raiders led the nation
in passing for the sixth time in Leach’s ten seasons
and ranked among the top fi ve in total offense. Harrell
fi nished his storied career second on the NCAA career
passing yardage list with 15,793 yards. Harrell
also broke the career NCAA passing touchdowns
mark with 134.
The program made strides academically as well
under Leach. During his 10 years, Tech was recognized
as one of the nation’s top institutions for consistently
being above a 70 percent graduation rate, according
to the American Football Coaches Association.
Prior to Texas Tech, Leach had coaching stints at
Oklahoma, Kentucky, Valdosta State, Iowa Wesleyan,
as well as one-year stints at College of the Desert and
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He also served as head coach
in Pori, Finland with the European Football League.
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 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, along with three grandchildren.