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By Teren Kowatsch
Whitman County Gazette 

Former WSU coach Mike Leach dies at 61

Innovator of Air Raid offense dies after complications from a heart condition


December 15, 2022

Photo courtesy of WSU Athletics

Leach coaches in the rain during a 2017 league game against Stanford.

Hater of candy corn, lover of pirates, endless quote machine, innovator of the Air Raid offense and former Washington State head coach Mike Leach was announced dead on Dec. 13 after complications from a heart condition that left him hospitalized on Dec. 11. He was 61.

"(Leach) was a great character in the world of college football and one of its most innovative and creative offensive minds," Washington State Senator Mark Schoesler said in a statement. "During his years as WSU's head coach, his 'Air Raid' offense not only piled up yardage but it was very entertaining to watch. His success al...

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