Michael Charles Leach was an American college football coach who was the head coach at Mississippi State University from 2020 until his death in 2022.
He was a two-time national coach of the year, three-time conference coach of the year and the mastermind behind the NCAA record-setting air raid offense.
He was previously the head coach at Texas Tech University from 2000 to 2009, where he became the winningest coach in school history, and at Washington State University from 2012 to 2019, where he recorded the third-most wins of any coach in school history.
Mike Leach Parents: Meet Frank Leach, Sandra Leach
Mike Leach was born to Frank and Sandra Leach in Susanville, California.
Frank was a forester and the family moved around several times while Mike was growing up, before finally settling in Cody, Wyoming.
He was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Leach graduated from Cody High School in 1979; he played football there from 1975–1978 and was recruited to play at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. An ankle injury that he sustained in high school ruled out playing college football, and he played rugby instead.