A Tribute to Coach Mike Leach

A Tribute to Coach Mike Leach

The game lost an incredible coach this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Leach family, the Mississippi State football family, and to all who feel the loss of a great man, Coach Mike Leach.

“He’s a night owl, so two o’clock, three o’clock in the morning in the staff room watching film, [we were] talking about ‘do we like the post on 95 here’, the best pizza places in Jersey, vikings, and all kinds of stuff… I’m grateful for the opportunity that he gave me.”
– Eric Mele at 8:17

Mike Leach’s passing has affected so many of us, even those who never actually met him, because he used the stage that the game of football gave him to impact others. It goes without saying that he was a one-of-a-kind individual. There’s so much to learn from his approach to life and coaching the game.

It’s easy to see the impact that a coach has. Coach Leach’s impact is on the grandest scale. He touched so many lives. He helped so many people. The game and the world are better for him having played his part. In this tribute episode of Coach and Coordinator Podcast, we revisit conversations from longtime Leach assistant Eric Mele, close friend Hal Mumme, and from Coach Leach himself.

Thank you, Coach Leach. You will be missed.

“I would have been more shocked if he hadn’t won… I’ve been saying for a long time I think Mike Leach is the best coach in America.”
– Hal Mumme at 14:03

“The biggest thing would be somebody that’s very passionate about football, where football is very important to them. A guy that comes as close to needing football, rather than just wanting to be a football coach.”
– Mike Leach at 29:45, on what he looked for in a GA