Following in the footsteps of the legendary Billy
Sheridan would be a difficult task for anyone, but
Gerry Leeman did so in a very impressive way. A member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Hall of Fame, Leeman was the personal choice of Billy Sheridan, to succeed him as Lehigh coach.
He directed Engineer squads to 18 winning seasons in 18 years (1953-1970) and a 161-38-4 record. Lehigh won six EIWA team championships while Leeman was coach and he coached six men who won a total of nine NCAA titles and 22 wrestlers who piled up 36 EIWA crowns. Leeman also was the coach of the 1961-62 team which recorded Lehigh's all-time finest record of 12-0-0.
Leeman himself was an excellent athlete as he was a National AAU champion in 1940, NCAA champion and "Outstanding Wrestler" in 1948 and an Olympic silver medalist in the London Games of 1948.
Leeman received his B.A. degree from Northern
Iowa in 1948, and after coming to Lehigh, coached
for 34 years and five different sports. He never had a losing record.
Leeman and his wife Darlene currently reside in
Haines City, Florida.