Mike Leeder will enter his ninth year as the men's head basketball coach at Georgia Southwestern State University during the 2014-15 season.
Under his leadership, GSW has placed 10 players on the Peach Belt All-Conference men’s basketball team. He has coached two PBC Freshmen of the Year, nine PBC Players of the Week and GSW’s first All-American in any sport during the department’s NCAA era. Leeder was named the 2010-11 PBC Coach of the Year.
GSW has spent 13 weeks in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches Poll, including five weeks this past season when they climbed to No. 18 on two occasions. Leeder has led the Hurricanes to a pair of NCAA National Tournament appearances.
In the summer of 2007, Leeder was also named the head coach for the U.S. basketball team participating in the 2007 Arafura games in Darwin, Australia. Leeder guided the team to a gold medal defeating the host country, The Northern Territory team in the finals.
Prior to arriving at Georgia Southwestern, Leeder was the head men's basketball coach at Longwood University, located in Farmville, Virginia. In his four seasons at the helm he transformed the Longwood program into a National Top 10 team, and led the Lancers to the only conference championship in the schools' history. He guided the nationally- ranked Lancers to the best NCAA Division II one-season turnaround during 2000-01 at +19 for an overall record of 23-8. That team advanced to the NCAA Division II East Regional Semi-Finals, and established 41 school records. The team also featured the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, Colin Ducharme.
Leeder is a former associate head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and in 1998-99 he helped KWC to an overall record of 35-2, and the 1999 NCAA Division II National Championship. Prior to his one year at Kentucky Wesleyan, he founded and coached the inaugural men's basketball team at NAIA Thomas (Ga.) University from 1995-98 while serving as the school's athletic director.
Leeder, a Coral Springs, Fla. native received his bachelor's degree in history from Florida State University and earned a master's degree in education from Nova Southeastern University. Leeder and his wife, Jodie, have two children Michael and Alyssa. The Leeders reside in Ellaville.