Bob Leahy is in his seventh season with the ULM coaching staff, continuing in his role as associate head coach. Leahy will coach the Warhawk running backs for the third straight year after coaching quarterbacks and receivers over the prior four seasons.
In his first season in charge of the running backs, Calvin Dawson became ULM’s all-time leading rusher and rushing touchdown leader. Leahy also groomed redshirt-freshman Frank Goodin into a premier back as he rushed for 596 yards and four touchdowns earning honorable mention all-Sun Belt honors.
Last year Goodin ranked seventh in the Sun Belt averaging 71.2 yards per game and also ranked seventh in the SBC averaging 98.5 all-purpose yards per game. The Leahy led ground attack ranked fourth in the league in rushing averaging 152.7 yards per game
As the receivers coach at ULM, Leahy tutored all-Sun Belt honorees Charles Estes, Mack Vincent, and Drouzon Quillen.
Leahy is the first coach Charlie Weatherbie hired after he became the head coach at ULM. The Weatherbie-Leahy connection goes back four decades to days of youth in Kansas.
Weatherbie and Leahy have known each other since Leahy’s college days as an All-American quarterback at Emporia State University. Their acquaintance was renewed when Leahy coached at Weatherbie’s alma mater, Oklahoma State University.
Throughout his career, Leahy has coached with the likes of Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill. He has coached or played with such outstanding players as Tony Dorsett, Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bobby Hebert, Terry Bradshaw, and Anthony Carter. He has coached for three professional league teams and at several major college football programs.
After a successful All-America career at Emporia State, Leahy played in the National Football League for two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-71), playing behind Terry Bradshaw.
Leahy began his coaching career in 1973 at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers were returning to national prominence under Majors, resulting in a national title three years later. He served as freshmen and wide receivers coach before leaving in 1976 for Washington State.
Leahy was the offensive coordinator for the Cougars under Sherrill, then returned to Pitt as the offensive coordinator in 1977 with Sherrill. The Panthers finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation.
In 1978, Leahy went to the University of California where he coached quarterbacks and receivers. The following year, he went to Oklahoma State as offensive coordinator under Johnson.
Leahy moved into the professional football ranks in 1983 when he was named quarterbacks and receivers coach for the Michigan Panthers of the new USFL. He helped guide the Panthers to the first USFL championship that year with an offense that featured Hebert at quarterback and Carter at receiver.
In 1984, Leahy jumped to the NFL ranks, first serving as receivers coach with the Minnesota Vikings. He took the same job with the Buffalo Bills in 1985 before being promoted to offensive coordinator, tutoring the great aerial combination of Kelly to Reed.
Leahy returned to the college ranks in 1988 as the offensive coordinator at East Tennessee State and moved the following season to Liberty University where he directed the offense for 11 seasons. His next stop was at East Carolina in 2000 to coach wide receivers for three seasons before joining Weatherbie in Monroe.
Originally from Lindenhurst, N.Y., Leahy is married to the former Susan Heitschmidt. They are the parents of three children, Jack, Joe and Kristi. The couple also has seven grandchildren – Madison, Carson, Allison, Colson, Wilson, Tyson and Piper. Susan teaches at Swartz Upper Elementary School.
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