College Signing

Gavin Leach to play football at University of Mary

February 7, 2014 

East Wake defensive end Gavin Leach recently signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.) Pictured are, from left, front row, Hayden Leach, Bill Leach, Gavin Leach and Beth Leach; and back row, East Wake School of Health Science Principal Carter Hillman, head football coach John Poulnott and Athletics Director Jon Hasbrouck.


High School: East Wake School of Health Science

Parents: Beth and Bill Leach

Position: Defensive end

Also Considered: Northwestern University, University of Iowa, University of the Cumberlands, Brevard College, Union College

Why University of Mary? “The coaches, the people, the players. I love the facilities and the town. I just got along with everybody.” Gavin acknowledged it is going to be cold in North Dakota, but said, “It’s cold everywhere in the winter.”

Target degree: Gavin intends to major in sports management, saying he wants to be “a coach or anything that has to do with sports. Athletic director would be a main goal.”

Most memorable: “Beating Garner – that was the best. The whole team played amazing. That was the best game of the season. It’s better when all the teammates are working well and feeding off each other.”

Notable: Gavin was the leading tackler for East Wake his junior year and led the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference that season with 15 sacks. In his senior season, he had 93 tackles (44 solo), 20 tackles for a loss and eight sacks.

East Wake coach John Poulnott: “Gavin is a very explosive guy off his first step and has great recovery speed. We knew because of his junior season we were going to get a lot of attention his way his senior year, so that freed up our tackles to make plays. He works really hard in the weight room, and is a guy that a lot of guys rallied around throughout the season.”

Compiled by Aaron Moody

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