|College:||Florida State '92|
Mike Leeder will enter his sixth year as the men's head basketball coach at Georgia Southwestern State University during the 2011-12 season.
The Hurricane program is coming off a memorable 2010-11 campaign that produced several firsts in school history, including: first NCAA Division II men's basketball national ranking, first Peach Belt Conference division title in any sport, first NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance in any sport, first Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and first NCAA All-American in any sport. GSW spent five weeks ranked in the Top 25, reaching as high as No. 16, and finished the season with a 20-9 record. Southwestern was well-represented on the Peach Belt All-Conference Teams, as well, with players on the First, Second and Third Teams. It’s a list of accomplishments that was recognized and respected by Leeder’s peers, as he was named the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking the reigns of the Hurricane program, Leeder served as the assistant men's basketball coach for three seasons, helping GSW to 59 overall wins and an appearance in the 2003-04 NAIA National Championship Tournament in Kansas City, MO.
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 (14) and Alyssa (11). The Leeders reside in Ellaville.