Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach was hospitalized on after suffering a “personal health issue” at his home, the school said in a statement.
“That issue led to a decision to transfer Coach Leach to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson by ambulance,” the school said. “That is the extent of information that MSU has available regarding Coach Leach's condition, and the university will make no other comment at this time other than to say that the thoughts and prayers of the university are with Mike and Sharon and their family.”
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Mike Leach Biography
Michael Charles Leach (born March 9, 1961) is an American college football coach who is the head coach at Mississippi State University. He is 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 Education
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 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.
Leach stayed close to the football program, occasionally sitting in on film room sessions. Led by head coach LaVell Edwards, offensive coordinator Norm Chow, and quarterbacks Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, and Steve Young, BYU played a pass-oriented offense, which was uncommon in college football at that time. Leach graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in American studies.
In 1986, Leach earned a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. He is also one of the most prominent graduates of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama, from which he earned a Master's of Sports Science in sports coaching in 1988.
Mike Leach Career
In 1987, Leach began his coaching career as an assistant at Cal Poly and College of the Desert in (1988).
In 1989, he served as head coach of the Pori Bears in the American Football Association of Finland.
Also in 1989, he joined Hal Mumme's staff at Iowa Wesleyan University as offensive coordinator. The pair spent three seasons there before moving to Valdosta State (1992–1996) and then Kentucky (1997–1998). The partnership was known for the development of the air raid offense, which allowed their teams to rank highly in offensive statistics and set numerous records. Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch became a No. 1 overall NFL draft pick.
For the 1999 season, Leach joined the Oklahoma staff under head coach Bob Stoops. Oklahoma's offense, which had ranked 11th in the Big 12 Conference in 1998, improved under Leach to first in the conference in 1999.
Leach agreed to terms with Washington State on November 30, 2011 and began coaching for the 2012 season. His five-year rollover contract made Leach the fourth-highest paid coach in the Pac-12. On December 5, 2019, Leach received a contract extension through 2024.
On January 9, 2020, Leach agreed to be the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. His contract is reported to pay him $5 million annually. The season started with a 44–34 upset victory over no. 6 LSU, who had won the CFP National Championship the previous season. The team struggled the rest of the season, winning only two more games, 24–17 over Vanderbilt and 51–32 over Missouri, finishing the regular season at 3–7. Despite the losing record, the Bulldogs were invited to the Armed Forces Bowl, as the NCAA waived bowl eligibility requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mississippi State faced off against no. 24 Tulsa, defeating the Golden Hurricane 28–26 to finish with an overall record of 4–7.
Mike Leach Wife, Children
Leach is the oldest of six siblings. He and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of four children, along with three grandchildren. Born in Susanville, California, Leach was raised in Cody, Wyoming.
On December 11, 2022, Leach experienced a health issue and was hospitalized. That evening, Sports Illustrated reporter Ross Delenger reported that Leach was in critical condition. The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi subsequently reported that Leach had suffered a massive heart attack and had not received medical attention for 10 to 15 minutes. The Clarion-Ledger's sources stated that Leach had also suffered seizures that may have contributed to brain damage as a result.
Mike Leach Net Worth
Mike Leach has an estimated Net Worth of $10 million. In 2020, Mike was hired as the next head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The contract between Mike and the team reportedly stipulated an annual salary of $5 million.