Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bob Leckie Takes Key Position at FDU

In case you missed it, former Saint Peter's men's head coach Saint Peter's, who spoke about the desire for more time to run his business interests when he resigned from that position after the 2005-06 season, is back in the profession on a full-time basis.

Leckie recently was named associate head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University under head coach Greg Vetrone.

Leckie was the head man at Saint Peter's for six years (2000-01 through 2005-06), during which time his teams compiled a 67-107 record. But, his final three Peacock teams were 49-40 overall with the 49 victories accounting for the highest three-year total in the program's 29 seasons in the MAAC.

Leckie's 2003-04 team finished 12-6 in conference play, accounting for the highest number of league wins over its 29 MAAC seasons.

Leckie's greatest recruiting success was bringing in 5-foot-8 guard Keydren Clark, all but overlooked as a high school player, who became one of the most-dynamic performers in conference history. Clark led the nation in scoring as a sophomore and a junior and his career 25.9 points-per-game average is the highest in MAAC history.

Clark's last season was 2005-06, and Leckie left the school mere days after Clark's final game.

Leckie made a somewhat surprising return to the MAAC sidelines last season when he was the director of basketball operations, the lowest position on any program's staff, at Manhattan College.

Prior to taking over at Saint Peter's he was a highly successful high school coach at Bishop Loughlin Memorial in Brooklyn from 1980-99. His 1991-92 squad won the New York City and New York Sate Federation titles.

Leckie was also an Assistant Basketball Coach for the Swedish National Team in 1980. Prior to that, Leckie was the Head Basketball Coach in the European Professional League from 1977-78.

"Bob is a very valuable asset to our team," said Vetrone, in a press release issued by FDU. "He will be a great bench coach. He is a Hall of Fame Coach in New York and with all of his many years of both High School coaching and Division I head coaching experience, he can only improve this program. His experience and knowledge of the game will be a big help. Having a coach of this caliber on staff is an exceptional advantage for our team."

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