Boiling Springs native Chris Leese enters his 4th season as the head wrestling coach at Penn State Mont Alto.
The 2016-17 season saw the Lions have one of their most successful year to date with a 10-10 overall record and second-place finish in the PSUAC. Mont Alto finished seventh out of 25 teams at the NCWA Mideast Conference Qualifier and sent five wrestlers to the NCWA National Championships. Leese coached up Clay Kocsis who was named an All-American after an outstanding season where he went 29-1 overall and finished second at the NCWA National Championships in the 174-pound weight class.
A 20-year coaching veteran, he has experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He was most recently the head coach at Boiling Springs Middle School. Leese has also been a head coach at Fairfield and Carlisle High Schools. He also coached at Mechanicsburg High School, Gettysburg High School, and Shippensburg University.
Leese wrestled for Kutztown University, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in education, general science. He earned over 50 wins and was ranked nationally, but injuries kept him from national competitions. Leese wrestled at Boiling Springs High School where he earned over 80 wins in three years. He was also a two-time State Qualifier, a two-time District III SC Region runner-up, and a two-time District III Section I Champion. He was a two-time USA Junior Greco-Roman wrestling All-American, and an AAU Cadet Greco-Roman National Champion.
Leese resides in Boiling Springs and teaches science in the South Middleton School District. He also serves as the varsity assistant soccer coach and the head middle school soccer coach at Boiling Springs High School.
|2016-17||10-10||2nd||PSUAC Runner-Up/NCWA Mideast Regional Appearance/NCWA National Championship Appearance|
|2018-19||9-9||11th||NCWA Mideast Regional Appearance/Four wrestlers qualified for NCWA National Championship Appearance|
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|22 - Wins|
|.431 - Winning Percentage|
|10 - NCWA National Championship Qualifiers|
|1 - NCWA National Championship Appearance|
|1 - NCWA All-American|
|4 - NCWA Academic All-Americans|