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Jack Leaman

Leaman coaching at UMass

  • Head Coach
  • Seasons: 1966-67 through 1978-79
  • Assistant Coach
  • Seasons: 1961-62 through 1965-66
  • Birthdate: December 22, 1932
  • Date of Death: March 6, 2004 (age 71)

Coaching - at UMass

UMass (Head Coach, 1966-79)

Head Coaching Record

SeasonOverallWin %ConfWin %PlacePost-Season
1967-6814-11.5608-2.8001st (tie)none
1968-6917-7.7089-1.9001st (tie)none
1969-7018-7.7208-2.9001st (tie)NIT First Round
1970-7123-4.85210-0.9001stNIT First Round
1971-7214-12.5386-4.6002nd (tie)none
1972-7320-7.74110-2.8331stNIT Quarterfinals
1973-7421-5.80811-1.9171stNIT First Round
1974-7518-8.69210-2.8331stNIT First Round
1976-7720-11.6453-4.4296thNIT Quarterfinals

UMass (Assistant Coach, 1961-66)

UMass Athletics

Women's Basketball (Head Coach, 1986-87)

  • Led Minutewomen to 14-12 record, the team's only winning season from 1980-95

Women's Basketball (Assistant Coach, 1991-94)

  • Helped rebuild program from 0-27 season in 1990-91 to subsequent records of 4-24, 11-15, and 14-14

UMass Radio Network (Color Commentator, 1994-2004)

  • Three times during those 10 seasons, Leaman teamed with announcers Bob Behler (2001, 2003) and Mark Vandermeer (1996) to earn Best Play-By-Play honors from the Associated Press.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

  • Following his time as UMass head coach, Leaman served as the athletic director of UM's Stockbridge School of Agriculture, as well as the Stockbridge men's basketball and golf coach.


BU 1958-59

Player - Boston University

  • Seasons: 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59
  • Number: 10
  • Position: G
  • Height: 5' 10“
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • High School: Cambridge Rindge & Latin (1951)
  • Led team in scoring and assists in each of his three varsity seasons (1956-57 through 1958-59)
  • Team captain and MVP in 1958-59
  • Led the Terriers to an overall record of 20-7 in 1958-59, and a trip to the NCAA East Regional final
  • Scored 14 points per game in the 1958-59 season1)
  • Inducted to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977
  • Earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 and a master's degree in 1960

1958-59 BU Season: In his seventh season with the team, head coach Matt Zunic (who would start coaching at UMass next season) led the Terriers to their first-ever NCAA tournament berth after a 20-7 season. Seniors Jack Leaman and Bob Cumings led the team to a first-round victory over Connecticut at New York's Madison Square Garden. (Leaman: 5 FGs, 5 FTs, 15 points.) Three days later, the Terriers bested 18th-ranked Navy to give the program its first 20-win season. (Leaman 5-16 FGs, 3-4 FTs, 2 rebs, 4 fouls, 13 points.) The magic ended when West Virginia, led by future NBA Hall-of-Famer Jerry West, ousted BU, 86-82. (Leaman 3-9 FGs, 4-4 FTs, 3 rebs, 4 fouls, 10 points.)

  • Played on BU's Freshman team in 1955-56

Assistant Coach - Boston University

  • Served on the BU staff for four seasons (1956-60)

US Army

  • Served for two years, from which he was honorably discharged in 1955


  • Husband to Rita, who he met while at Boston University
  • Father to Laurie


leaman_jack.txt · Last modified: 2022/03/31 11:41 by mikeuma