Bob Leach – All Around Great Guy

Last month when we went on our golf outing to Florida we stayed at Bob and Mary Louise Leach’s place.  Mary Louise is Norm Sauer’s sister, so that’s how we came to stay with the Leach family.

Bob and his lovely wife were heading on a Caribbean cruise, but we had the opportunity to spend a day with them before they left.  Bob is quite the celebrity in, and around, Big Rapids Michigan.  Hear are a few of the reasons why he is so respected and loved by many of the Ferris State University alumni, students, and faculty.  Bob took over the Bulldogs football program in 1967.  In the three years prior to his arrival the Bulldogs had won only 1 game and lost (or tied) 28!  In 1968, in his second year at the helm Bob’s Bulldogs were undefeated 7-0-1, and had a 17th. place NAIA national ranking.  Bob was named the Michigan- Coach- of -the -Year as well as the NAIA- Midwest-Region-Coach-of-the-Year.  Bob left Ferris to become the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals defensive line coach in 1971-72.  He returned to Ferris in 1973 as the executive administrator in the alumni and development area until his retirement in 1995.  In high school Bob was a member of Flint Central High School’s Class A State Champion football team, and coached at his alma-mater from 1958-66.  Bob was also an outstanding baseball player, and was a member of the 1953 University of Michigan’s National Champion baseball team.  Bob Leach was inducted into the Mecosta County Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Now I’m certain there are accolades and awards that I’ve missed, but I must also mention that Rick Leach (1979 Detroit Tigers) was Bob’s nephew.  Rich inherited many of his uncles skills as he was drafted by both the Detroit Tigers and the Denver Bronco’s, after leading the University of Michigan through several great seasons.

Anyway be all that as it may, this writer is just as impressed with Bob’s hunting skills.  The huge buck in the bottom picture was shot by Bob in November of 1981 in Mackinaw County (Upper Peninsula.)  Bob used a 270 to drop this Boone and Crockett non-typical that scored 189 inches.  They call it the “Paddle” buck because the double drop tines resemble two canoe paddles.  At one time Bob’s deer was the highest scoring buck ever taken in Chippewa County, and may still be, as I wasn’t able to locate a current records listing.  When Bob and Mary Louise return home from Florida Bob will send me some more information about how this huge deer fell to his shot.  I will then do another post on this U.P. monster.  Until then you can look at the picture and “drool!”

3 Responses to “Bob Leach – All Around Great Guy”

  1. remington says:

    bow hunting…

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  2. elk says:

    mule deer…

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  3. I’m trying to get in touch with Robert Leach. I want to include an article about his big Mackinac County buck in a book I’m working on. Could you please email me his telephone number or have him call? If you email me, I will provide my phone number.