Bill Leahy, the winningest high school coach in Pennsylvania history, announced his retirement. Leahy's retirement was first announced by Ty Xanders on Twitter and quickly followed by a press release by LaSalle College High School.
Leahy started the Lacrosse program at La Salle College in 1992 and won 512 games in his career. He won 82 percent of his games, going 512-115 during his career. He is the only coach in Pennsylvania history to win 500 career games and one of 19 head coaches in history to win at least 500 career games.
Leahy’s teams have reached the finals of the Pennsylvania State Championship nine times, winning five titles (2004, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2019). In addition, he has captured 23 Philadelphia Catholic League Championships (1993, 1995-2002, 2004-2010, 2012-2014, and 2016-2019).
“Bill has been able to build a successful, competitive program in a manner that put his deep values into action. Faith, loyalty, character and class mark Bill's words and actions in his teaching, his counseling and his coaching," Michael O’Toole, Principal of La Salle College High School state via a press release.
Pennsylvania Top 10 Winningest Coaches
1. 512 Bill Leahy, La Salle College
2. 492 John Nostrant, Haverford School
3. 478 Jon Heisman, Bishop Shanahan
4. 426 Paul Stankewicz, Henderson
5. 318 Jef Hewlings, Strath Haven
6. 300 Doug Ellers, Ridley
7. 275 Bruce Garcia, Central Bucks East
8. 265 Wayne Matsinger, Penncrest
9. 244 John McEvoy, Malvern Prep
10. 225 Brian Samson, Conestoga
With Leahy's retirement, the top two coaches in state history are no longer coaching in the Keystone state.
Former Haverford School head coach John Nostrant announced at the start of the 2019 season that he was stepping down and recently announced he is taking over as head coach at Gilman (Md.). Nostrant won 492 games in his career.
Bishop Shanahan (Pa.) head coach Jon Heisman is third on the state's all-time wins list with 478 victories. He has led his team to back-to-back 22-1 seasons.