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Mike Leach Named Pac-12 Co-Coach of the Year

WSU Head Coach Mike Leach earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after WSU finished 8-4 this season. WSU Head Coach Mike Leach earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after WSU finished 8-4 this season.

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SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach has been named the 2015 Pac-12 Conference Co-Coach of the Year, it was announced Tuesday by the conference. Leach shared the honor with Stanford’s David Shaw.

Leach guided the Cougars to an 8-4 record this season, 6-3 in Pac-12 play, both marks the best at WSU since the 2003 season when WSU went 10-3 and 6-2, respectively. The Cougars, selected fifth in the Pac-12 North Division’s preseason media poll, have posted road victories over Rutgers, Oregon, Arizona and No. 18 UCLA. The win at Oregon was the first over the Ducks since the 2006 season while the Cougars hadn’t defeated UCLA since 2007. Additionally, the Cougars achieved a top 20 national ranking following the win over Colorado, the first top 20 ranking since the 2003 season for WSU.

Last month, Leach was named a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, one of 18 coaches named. He has guided a Cougar program that leads the nation in passing offense at 397.0 yards per game, and also leads the nation in red zone offense, converting on 94.3 percent of their opportunities inside the 20-yard line.

Previously, Leach has been named the George Munger National Coach of the Year in 2008, while also receiving the Woody Hayes Award, Howie Long/Fieldturf National Coach of the Year, and Big 12 Coach of the Year in that same season. Leach is the first Cougar coach to receive Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors since Bill Doba in 2003. In all five WSU coaches have received the honor, the others being Jim Walden (1981, 1983), Dennis Erickson (1988), Mike Price (1997, 2001) and Doba.

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