Richard Leake

Richard Leake

Richard Leake - Former Head Coach of Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis

  • Men’s Head Tennis Coach, 1975-83; 1985-2001
  • Career Dual Meet Record, 270-209
  • Led Norse to 11 IIAC Conference Titles, including eight consecutive titles from 1988 to 1995
  • The Norse were unbeaten in 65 consecutive IIAC matches from April 1987 to April 1999
  • Several Norse teams and individuals competed in the NCAA III National Championships based on their rankings.
  • 12-Time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year
  • Coached four consecutive Academic All-American Teams, 1996 to 1999
  • Coached Eight Iowa Conference League MVPs
  • Coached 17 ITA Scholar Athletes
  • 21 Athletes Selected IIAC All-Conference - Voted on from 1998
  • Coached 56 IIAC Conference Singles Champions
  • Coached 53 IIAC Conference Doubles Champions
  • Coached Three-Time NCAA Div. III All-American - Sujay Lama ‘92
  • Competed at all collegiate levels: NCAA Div. I, II & III and NAIA. Win-Loss Record of 270-209.

Women’s Tennis

  • Coached one year of women's tennis, 1984-85 - (Su Oertel '72 on academic leave)
  • Led Norse to IIAC Conference Title
  • Posted a dual meet record of 18-9
  • He was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year, 1985

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).