Hall of Fame USA Fencing coach Anthony ‘Buckie’ Leach dies aged 62 in motorcycle accident just days after leading women’s foil team to fourth-place finish at Tokyo Olympics
- USA Fencing announced Leach’s death in a statement on Monday
- He died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday during a cross-country road trip
- Leach led the US women’s foil team to a fourth-place finish at Tokyo Olympics
- He also secured multiple championships as assistant coach at Notre Dame
- He was inducted in the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2013
- Several athletes and coaches have posted in remembrance of Leach online
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
Renowned fencing coach Anthony ‘Buckie’ Lee has died aged 62 just days after he led the US women’s foil team to a fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics.
USA Fencing announced Leach’s death in a statement on Monday. He died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday during a cross-country road trip.
Notre Dame University, where Leach served as an assistant coach and led his team to three NCAA and ACC championships each, also issued a statement about his death.
Since 2016, the school also won three national championships and five individual foil championships under Leach’s direction.
Former Notre Dame assistant coach Anthony ‘Buckie’ Leach died in a motorcycle accident during a road trip on Saturday
Leach won the women’s foil team three national championships and five individual foil championships since he was hired in 2016
Leach also coached 20 All-Americans in five seasons and was inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2013.
One of his biggest accomplishments was coaching the team for the Tokyo Olympics.
The team finished fourth and fencing champion Lee Kiefer became the first US champion for the event after winning the gold medal.
This was his fifth time coaching the women’s foil team at the Olympics with the others being 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2016.
Leach brought the Notre Dame team to the Tokyo Olympics in which they placed fourth
Fencing champion Lee Kiefer became a U.S. gold medal champion during the Tokyo Olympics under Leach’s direction
Leach died in a motorcycle accident while completing a cross country trip, according to USA Fencing. The location of the incident has yet to be identified.
Leach’s death received emotional online responses from coaches, fencing organizations and Olympian athletes.
Notre Dame’s head fencing coach Gia Kvaratskhelia said: ‘I am devastated to learn of the tragic passing of my dear friend Buckie Leach, who was taken from us far too soon.
‘Buckie’s legacy at Notre Dame and within American fencing stretch far beyond the athletic accomplishments of the fencers and teams that he coached.
‘Rather, his enduring memory will be of the incredible person that he was–his kindness, his passion, his sense of humor, and the genuine way he brightened the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.’
Athletes and coaches took to social media to commemorate Leach and his commitment to the sport
The Notre Dame fencing team released a statement saying: ‘The Notre Dame Fencing Family is heartbroken over the tragic passing of Buckie Leach.
‘Buckie was our coach for five wonderful seasons. In that short time, he helped us win three NCAA team titles, three ACC team titles, five individual NCAA championships and 20 All-Americans.
‘But more important than all of these was how Buckie gave so richly and deeply of himself as a teacher, a coach, a leader, and a person. Every day he was with us, his kindness, decency, and humanity made us all better.’
‘My heart hurts so much right now,’ Olympian Jackie Dubrovich said on Instagram.
‘The mark you’ve made on so many people’s lives will forever live on. We love you, Buckie.’
The Notre Dame fencing team released a statement saying: ‘The Notre Dame Fencing Family is heartbroken over the tragic passing of Buckie Leach’