It's about family - Matt Leach

63 minutes

Matt Leach is the Head Coach for Washington State University Women’s Swimming. Leach guided his young Cougar team to a number of accomplishments in his first season at WSU highlighted by producing the program’s first NCAA National Championship participant since 2010. Leach also led the Cougars to the postseason, finishing eighth at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships. The Cougars reached many milestones under Leach in 2018-19, posted ten WSU Top-10 times at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, set two school records in the 100 free and 200 breast through the year, three different swimmers recorded double-digit wins and as a team were ranked second in the Pac-12 based on improvement from the year prior, according SwimSwam.com. Leach joined WSU after spending the previous three years at Indiana State where he started the swimming and diving programs in 2015 and began competing in the 2016-17 season. Prior to Indiana State, Leach spent six seasons at the University of Wyoming (2009-15), including the final four seasons as associate head coach and worked extensively with sprint swimmers. Leach helped rewrite the Cowgirl record books, as every sprint event school record was broke during his time on staff. Leach arrived at Wyoming from Louisiana State University where he began as a graduate assistant in 2004, and then as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons (2007-09). A native of Portland, Ore., Leach swam collegiately at Indiana University (2000-04), where he was a four-time All-American, helped the Hoosiers to a Big Ten Conference Championship in the 200 medley relay as a senior and still holds school records as a member of the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Leach also performed on the national stage, as he took part in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Leach graduated from Indiana in December 2004 with a bachelor's degree in environmental management. He received his master's degree, also in environmental planning and management, from LSU in May 2007.

Connect with Matt:

- Team Website

- Facebook

- Team Facebook

- Team Instagram

- Twitter

- Team Twitter

- Email

Join us for the FREE Dryland Webinar Series every Thursday at 1pm EST.

Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website.

Check out the latest from RITTER:

The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!

If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.

To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.

More episodes from Swim Coaches Base

The Language of Coaching - Nick Winkelman

Nick Winkelman is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and …

Make learning a sticky process - Andrew Sheaff Top Podcast

Andrew Sheaff joined the Cavalier coaching staff in April of 2018 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the program the year prior. Sheaff …

Never underestimate the power of encouragement - Kelly Palace and Maria Parker

Kelly Palace and Maria Parker are the hosts of the award-winning podcast, Champion's Mojo, where they talk with champion guests, including over 25 Olympic Champion Swimmers and Olympic …

Focus on making swimmers faster - Brad Flood Top Podcast

Brad Flood is the head coach for women's swimming at Pfeiffer University. Prior to his position at Pfeiffer, Flood served as the head coach at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, …

Learn to swim efficient at all speeds - Bobby Guntoro Top Podcast

At the time of this interview, Bobby Guntoro was the Associate Head Coach for Men's Swimming and Diving at NC State. Bobby Guntoro was named head …

How you can listen to this podcast

You can listen to episodes right here on the website, or if you prefer, in a podcast app. Listening in an app makes it easier to keep track of what you’ve already heard, listen without using your data plan and many other conveniences.

Recommended apps
Start listening to The Language of Coaching - Nick Winkelman
45:08
Start listening to The Language of Coaching - Nick Winkelman
45:08