Mike Leach, an American football coach who was known as the “mastermind of strategies,” died on December 13 at the age of 61. The two-time national coach of the year is known for making the brilliant “air raid offense.” He leaves behind a rich legacy, and his book, Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior, gives us a glimpse into his brilliant mind.
Mike Leach was the brains behind the NCAA record-setting air raid offense and was named national coach of the year twice. He was also named conference coach of the year three times.
From 2000 to 2009, he was the head coach at Texas Tech University. During that time, he won more games than any other coach in school history. He then went to Washington State University, where he stayed for seven years, from 2012 to 2019. He won the third most games of any coach at that school.
Mike Leach’s Geronimo: Leadership Strategies
Everyone who likes Mike swears by one thing: If Leach has given football a lot of great strategies, it’s because he had a mind that was bigger than football.
This is shown in his book Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior.
My most recent tweet is lamenting the death of the CFB we grew up with, and today we lose one of the standard bearers.
A cherished mastermind. A unicorn.
And to one player, for Leach to tell you you’re not tough was a blessing and an investment in your future.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) December 13, 2022
In Geronimo, Mike goes deep into “The 48 Laws of Power” and shows how the life of the Apache war leader Geronimo can teach us timeless lessons.
Mike’s book teaches us that sometimes the best results on the field or in life don’t come from a specific set of skills or techniques, but from having a mind that is set to do the impossible.
Mike Leach’s Book Reads Like a ‘Life Lesson’
Mike wasn’t just a talker; he also did things. It sounds like a myth that he led a team that wasn’t ranked to beat a team that was in the AP’s top 25, but it’s true to what he always preached.
Mike’s unranked team is said to have won 18 games, which is still the most wins by a coach against an AP team in history.
the college football world lost a legend & an offensive mastermind today. RIP Mike Leach. long live the Air Raid offense
— JR (@Bergeron4Prez) December 13, 2022
Even so, Mike’s Geronimo is about a lot more than just football, as he often adds lessons about life.
One great example is when he writes, “Try to Avoid Dealing with Irrational People. If you meet them, you should try to get rid of them. They don’t do anything good or make sense. Keep your credibility in everything you do.”
Fans Mourn the Demise of the Mastermind
Mike was a one-of-a-kind coach and a “mastermind.” Many people on Twitter are sad about his death.
“It’s hard to imagine college football without Mike Leach,” tweeted podcast host Adam Breneman. Rest in peace to a true legend, a one-of-a-kind coach, and the inventor of the mastermind.”