Rick Leach Returns to Lead Silver Knights’ Boys Basketball Program
Tyler Consolidated will have a familiar face on the sideline when basketball starts up this fall. Rick Leach, 58, who left following the 2008 season after 13 years as head coach, jokingly remarked he was returning to bring some youth to the program, referring to his age compared to his ex-assistant Bob Jones who retired as head coach following the 2016-17 season.
Coach Leach who spent the past nine years as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Parkersburg South, retired following the 2017 school year.
Leach said upon learning of the coaching job opening at TCHS he immediately knew it was something he wanted to return to. His history as a basketball coach at the school proves him to be the proper fit. Seven sectional titles, three regional, three state appearances and one final four. He will also be substitute teaching in Tyler County.
His resume includes one year as assistant coach under Coach John Zevnic, two years as assistant coach at Tyler County High School and he was the last head football coach at Sistersville High School before the Consolidation.
“I feel like I quit coaching too soon, and I believe I have the knowledge of the game to make Tyler Consolidated a respectable program. I have things to contribute, we have great kids here and it’s the best school system in the state. I coached many of these kids fathers, and I want to revive the program, “stated Coach Leach.
Adding to his athletic knowledge, is his former skill as an athlete. Leach was well known as a competitive baseball player, who spent his college days playing at West Liberty.
A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, he and his wife have raised three kids and have four grandchildren, they have relocated from Parkersburg and are now residents of Sistersville.
“I plan on bringing back all the things that made us successful when I was here. We will be running a lot of half court sets and flex plays. We will have an offense for every defense, we will also play match up defense and throw in the press. Hopefully we can score some points in transition,” said Leach.
Aiding Coach Leach will be one of his former players in D.J. Cunningham who has been with the Silver Knights program the past few years.