Rick Leach begins his second season as an assistant coach for the men's tennis team. A former USC All-American, and son of head coach Dick Leach, Leach has enjoyed great success as a collegiate and professional player.
Leach's success seemed destined when he became the NCAA's first four-time Division I All-American singles and doubles player while at USC. He finished his collegiate career ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 4 in singles after claiming his second-straight NCAA doubles championship in 1987. He led USC to the NCAA Semifinals in 1985 and 1987, to the Quarterfinals in 1984 and 1986, and completed his career with a 160-39 singles record and 143-24 mark in doubles. He was 32-6 in Pac-10 play.
Also among his collegiate career highlights, Leach became the first player to be ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles at the end of his junior season, since Stanford's John McEnroe did so in 1978. That season he was honored as the AMF Head/Tennis Magazine Male Collegiate Player of the Year.
Since turning pro in 1987, Leach has found comparable success, achieving a No. 1 world ranking in 1990.
Most recently, Leach and partner Ellis Ferreira (South Africa) teamed to win the men's doubles title at the Australian Open (Jan. 2000). The victory marked the fifth Grand Slam event doubles title for Leach who won the Australian in 1988 and 1989. He has also won four Grand Slam event mixed doubles titles for a total of nine majors.
With a 47-22 career doubles record, Leach has amassed over 40 doubles titles in 13 years.
As a prep, Leach and then-partner Tim Pawsat, were the top-ranked U.S. junior doubles tandem in 1982, winning the Grand Slam of American junior doubles -- Indoors, Hardcourts, Claycourts and Nationals. En route, the pair never lost a set, a feat that had never been accomplished. Leach played on six U.S. Junior Davis Cup teams and held a No. 1 ranking in the 16-and-unders in 1981, 14's in 1979 and 12's in 1977.
A 1983 graduate of Laguna Beach (Calif.) High, he won the 1982 and 1983 CIF 4-A singles championship.
Born in Arcadia, Calif., Leach is a third generation Trojan. His father played at USC from 1959-61, and his younger brother Jon played 1991-94. He and his dad have won the National Hardcourts Father-and-Son doubles championship six times, most recently winning the title in 1999.
He and his wife, Christi, live in Laguna Beach, Calif., with their six-year-old daughter, Paulina.