Bill Leach: Once A Waterman, Always A Waterman

Bill Leach: Once A Waterman, Always A Waterman

Bill Leach is a USA Triathlon-certified and open water swimming race director with an Olympian pedigree. He knows athletics inside and outside, as a young athlete, as a scholarship athlete in college, as an Olympian, coach and race director.

His open water swims are held in Lake Mission Viejo in Mission Viejo, California. He has organized the Pacific Coast Triathlon, Orange County Triathlon, Saddleback 5k and the Orange County Duathlon (Southwest Region Duathlon Championships).

Leach began race directing as a way to stay involved in sport – and he continued to achieve success as an administrator the same way he did it as an athlete: hard work, intelligent planning and a passionate commitment to the sport.

Although Leach was an NCAA All-American in swimming and water polo at the University of California at Irvine, he found his way to the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal through kayaking. Pre-Olympics, he represented the United States in water polo. Post-Olympics, he became a world champion triathlete (in 1996) with several triathlon age group national championship titles.

To say he understands multiple disciplines is an understatement: he coached at Irvine Valley College where his women’s cross-country team won the state championship title in 1991 and 1993. And high-level sport oozes in his household. His wife, Julie, also went to the Olympics in kayaking and she won a gold medal in the Ironman Triathlon world championships.

Leach co-authored a powerful book with legendary water polo coach Ted Newland outlining what he has learned over the course of his long career: Circle of Success: Lessons from a Lifetime of Sport.

Bill Leach, a successful man with a powerful message.

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