NORTH CREEK At the heart of Johnsburg Central School’s athletic program is a man named Timothy Leach.
He has been teaching Physical Education for 36 years, and has spent 27 of those years teaching in Johnsburg, and has made the decision to retire this year. He has coached many sports such as skiing, soccer, baseball, and a few years of girls’ and boys’ basketball. Leach has been the baseball coach for both Indian Lake and Johnsburg schools during the time he taught at them, and wasn’t the coach for one year sometime in the late 1980s, when he took some time off. In addition, Leach has been the Nordic skiing coach for 20 out of the 23 years the JCS program has been around. He took over the ski team from one of Johnsburg’s old science teachers, Steve Danna, when he retired and has been the coach ever since. Leach coached soccer for 26 years and his last year was 2004. Taking over the soccer team from Coach Sam Allison, Leach was a coach with a strong, but different coaching style.
When Leach first started teaching at Indian Lake, he replaced an older man by the name of George Burgess, and Leach believes, “The Indian Lake kids were looking for a new spark…”
After applying at Johnsburg multiple times, Leach was finally given the job 27 years ago, and has been here ever since. When asked what brought him to Johnsburg, Leach replied, “I saw it as a better challenge…” Johnsburg was a bigger school and Leach saw more opportunities.
For many students, fellow staff members, and players, it is sad to see Leach leave. He has been a big part of the athletic program and has left his mark on Johnsburg. He has had many achievements such as multiple medal-winning ski teams, including three teams that won medals in a relay-race in 2005 and in 2006 a silver medal win in states competition. In soccer, he had many great seasons. In baseball, he has had a few seasons that he lost only one game.