CHESTERTOWN, Md. — John Leekley, head coach of the Washington College men's rowing team for the past nine years, has announced his resignation effective August 12th. Leekley will be leaving the College to pursue opportunities outside of coaching.
"I want to thank Dr. [Bryan] Matthews, Thad Moore, Mike Davenport, John Wagner, and everyone here for allowing me to do work I love in a place I love," Leekley remarked. "It's tough to leave all of the people in such a great program. I've been so lucky to do this for nine years."
A 2001 graduate of the school, Leekley leaves the men's rowing program in a strong position. The Shoremen have won five Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships since 2010 and, just last month, finished 13th in the men's varsity four at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. That was the Shoremen's first appearance at the IRA National Championships in 21 years. Leekley was named the MARC Men's Coach of the Year this spring for the sixth time in eight years.