Coach Profile: Grandview's Andy Leech 9/3
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Andy Leech is a Grandview Bulldog. From the day he started teaching and coaching he has been a part of the Grandview community.
The Bulldogs head coach is entering his third year as the head coach after spending the previous 11 seasons as an assistant. In that time he has worked for several head coaches and he said he has taken a little bit of all of them to make up his coaching style.
“I’ve worked for Joe Hornback, Jason Jones, Jason Godfrey and Ron Freeman,” Leech said. “Working under these four men has molded our current philosophy into what it is today. Each have left an impression on me that I take forward into the future of the program.”
The Bulldogs have been competitive in Leech’s first two years even if the record didn’t show it. In 2010 Grandview finished 2-8 but it took a two-overtime loss at Center to prevent the Bulldogs from advancing into the Class 4 playoffs.
Last season the record was again 2-8 but the eight losses came to playoff teams. This season Grandview opened with an impressive 43-28 win over Oak Park and good things could be ahead.
Even though wins and losses are important, Leech said he gains his enjoyment from just teaching, coaching and helping young men grow.
“I love teaching, football is an extension of the classroom for me and having a class of motivated students is awesome,” Leech said. “Our philosophy is to produce as many college ready student athletes as possible. For many of our students, football will be the only way to make college a reality. We strive to ensure every athlete has a GPA and ACT score high enough that if a coach has a scholarship or partial scholarship for them, they will qualify to accept it. We try to put our players where they will be most successful at the next level, not just where we currently have a need for them. We have had 13 athletes receive football scholarship money the past two years and we are looking to increase that number with this class of seniors.”
Leech is a passionate coach who looks to make his sport and team better but he knows that what is at home is what enables him to do his job every day.
“Something to change would simply be more hours in a day,” Leech said. “The coaching profession right now is extremely demanding on our schedules and unfortunately it's usually our families that suffer the most. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife that married into the profession with me and a son who is not yet old enough to care.”
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