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July 2000

July 2000


Traveling Man

Texas Tech\'s Mike Leach took a long (and unconventional) path to get to the top
by: Brent Schrotenboer
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
© July 2000

Somewhere on the road between 19 cities in 11 states, Mike Leach found a way to climb the rope from the small time to the big time.

Call it the back-road plan for future coaching success. Leach, the new head coach at Texas Tech, never played college football, never coached at the Division I level until 1997 and never even really knew he wanted to be a football coach until after he earned his law degree from Pepperdine in 1986.

After law school, his path was filled with job after job of part-time tasks and secondary incomes on the side. Consider his early career track. His first real coaching assignment came at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo for $3,000 a year in 1987. Having worked as a substitute teacher that year to make ends meet for his family, he later took a better job as the equipment manager, sports information director an....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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