Matt Leach, who joined the staff as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2004, begins his second year as an assistant coach at LSU. Leach will assist coach Schmitt and the staff in the development of all swimmers.
Leach also serves as the head age group coach at Tiger Aquatics after taking the post in August 2006. The 27-year-old needed little time in establishing success with the program as he was named the 2007 Louisiana Age Group Coach of the Year for his efforts in his first season.
Leach, a native of Portland, Ore., proved his experience in the pool as a swimmer at Indiana. During his collegiate career, 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 heavily recruited out of high school after producing All-America seasons at Westview High School. He continued his swimming career as a participant in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
The Tigers’ assistant coach graduated from Indiana in December 2004 after earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental management. He received his master’s degree in environmental studies from LSU in May of 2007.