Richard Leake - Former Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Richard Leake earned the bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., in 1970 with majors in economics and elementary education. He earned the M.A. degree in economic education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 1974, and the MBA from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, in 1984.
Leake taught in the Luther College business department from 1975 to 2011 and retired with professor emeritus of management status. He had also served the college as director of staff personnel and EEO/AA Officer from 1977 to 1981.
He was a member of the North American Management Society (NAMS) and served as president in 2009-10. He was a member of numerous other professional organizations, including MBAA International, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Western Economic Association International, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Entrepreneurship. Professor Leake is also a Certified Mediator with the Iowa Mediation Service and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources.
Professor emeritus Leake has been an active volunteer for numerous non-profits in the Decorah area, including Opportunity Homes, Inc., Downtown Decorah Betterment Association, and has served Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Decorah Lutheran Church as a council member and in various leadership positions.
Rich is also a member of the Norwegian Singers Association of American and has served as their recording secretary and webmaster since 2002. He has been a member of the Luren Singing Society in Decorah since 1998.
Still competitive as ever as a tennis player, Rich was champion in Men’s 70s Doubles and a Finalist in Men’s 70s Singles at the Iowa Senior Games in 2018, and represented Iowa at the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, N.M., where he placed in the Top Ten in Men’s 70s singles and doubles. Rich won a National Public Parks Championship in Men’s 55 singles in 2003. He is a certified PTR tennis professional and was inducted into the Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.
Rich and his wife, Penny (professor emerita of nursing), live in Decorah. They are the parents of three grown children, all Luther Alumni: Scott Leake ’95 (Jeanne), T.J. Leake ’99 (Anne Marie (Johnson) Leake ’99), Tanya (Leake) Anderson ’03 (Mark Anderson ’03). They are grandparents to Ketzie (19), Malachi (15), Bo (9), Ben (13), Josh (13), Matt (10), Lily (9), and Sam (6).