Mike Leach Wife: Who Is Sharon Leach? Coach Mike Leach of Mississippi State died Monday night, a day after having a heart attack at his home. He was 61.
Mike Leach cause of death
The university said Leach was a “innovator, pioneer, and visionary” when they told the news of his death Tuesday morning.
First, on Sunday afternoon, the university said that Leach had been taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., because of a “personal health issue.”
The Clarion Ledger said on Monday that Leach had a heart attack at his home in Starkville and that EMTs had to use a defibrillator more than once to get his heart beating again. The report said that Leach was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and then flown by helicopter to a hospital about 125 miles away in Jackson.
The newspaper said that Leach “may have had seizures that could have caused brain damage” and that the situation was “dire.”
Soon after that report came out, the university put out a new statement saying that Leach “remains in critical condition” and that his family is in Jackson with him.
Leach was in his third year at Mississippi State and was 61 years old. During that time, he went 19–17, with an 8–4 record in 2022. Under Leach, his team’s record got better every year. In 2020, they were 4-7, but in 2021, they were 7-6, and in 2022, they could be 8-4 or even 9-4.
“He was a college football icon, a coaching legend but an even better person,” said interim athletic director Bracky Brett. “We are all better for having known Mike Leach. The thoughts and prayers of Mississippi State University and the entire Bulldog family are with his wife Sharon, his children and the entire Leach family.”
Mike Leach Wife: Who Is Sharon Leach?
Mike Leach had been married to Sharon for more than 30 years. Both of them went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where they met and fell in love. Sharon told the Seattle Times in 2012 that Mike asked her out on their first date because he was hungry.
“He probably had the two-for-one coupons and I was the freebie,” she told the publication.
Sharon worked as an administrative assistant and legal secretary full-time for about 14 years before she quit in 1996 to spend more time with her family.
Due to Mike’s busy job, Sharon told Sports Illustrated in 2014, “I don’t think many people realize how many hours are spent coaching and recruiting a college football team.
“Long ago I realized that Mike’s job was coaching, and my job was everything else. I was OK with that. I loved college football as much as he loved coaching it.”