In her first season as an assistant coach with the LSU Beach Volleyball Program, Cati Leak helped lead the Tigers to a program-record 31 victories and a No. 3 finish at the NCAA Championship.
Leak returned to LSU after helping to lead both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams as an assistant coach at the University Lab School in Baton Rouge to semi-final appearances at the state championships during the 2017-18 school year.
In the sand, Leak helped build the LSU program from the ground up, joining the team in its first year of existence in 2014. Over the course of four seasons, Leak improved her win total from eight in the first year to 26 in her final season. Her 73 victories stand as the fourth most in the young history of the program. In her final season in the sand, Leak helped lead the program to national prominence in 2017 as it earned its first birth to the NCAA Championship. Her and Callen Molle had 36 wins as a pair which is second most ever by an LSU duo.
A four-year starter in both indoor and beach volleyball for the Tigers, the Guntersville, Alabama native started on the court in 2012 and would help lead the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances in 2013 and 2014. She was named All-SEC following her junior season and finished her impressive indoor career with more than 1,000 digs and kills.
Leak will take on roles with recruiting along with developing training and practice plans. She will take on tasks at the administrative level as well, helping out with compliance, travel, equipment and academic oversight. Leak’s recent success in the sport of beach volleyball gives her a unique perspective in coaching and it will be a huge advantage for the Tigers.
A member of the 2013 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, Leak earned both her Bachelor’s (2016) and Master’s (2018) degrees from Louisiana State University.