David Leach is the second permanent athletic director in Bryn Athyn College history, having been named to the role on June 5, 2019.
A 25-year veteran in collegiate athletic/recreation administration, Leach was most recently the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Recreation and Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania from 2017 until 2019.
At Penn, Leach oversaw a recreation program that sponsored 37 club sports, He oversaw a $10-million budget, a staff of 21 full-time professionals and over 250 part-time employees, and had approximately 1,500 Penn student participants. He was also responsible for the operations for the Pottruck and Fox Fitness Centers, the Hecht Tennis Center, and the Ringe Squash Facility.
Leach instituted the Recreation Advisory Committee, sat on the Healthy Penn Partners committee and served on the Student Engagement Working Group. During his tenure, two successful capital projects were completed—a renovated Multi-Purpose area with cardio and functional fitness areas; and a $2 million air-handling renovation, featuring the addition of air conditioning to Gimbel Gymnasium.
Prior to his arrival at Penn, Leach spent nearly 11 years at Princeton University as the Director of Campus Recreation. He was initially hired as an Associate Director of Athletics in 2006 and was elevated to Senior Associate Director of Athletics in 2013. During his time at Princeton, Leach ran a recreation program that consisted of 38-team club sports, approximately 1,110 participants, a group fitness program that had over 100 classes, and an eight-week summer day camp. In the 2015-16 academic year, Leach oversaw a $17 million renovation of the A Level of Dillon Gymnasium — which yielded improved access, new locker rooms, family/single-use changing/shower areas, and team rooms for the varsity volleyball and club sports programs.
In 1995, Leach was hired as the Director of Recreation at Saint Joseph's University. In 2002, he earned the title of Assistant Athletic Director. While at Saint Joseph's, he directed recreation, which included a comprehensive intramural program, the University's sports clubs, instructional programming, outdoor recreation, Sports Complex facilities, and varsity game/event operations. Leach was a member of the Saint Joseph's University Alcohol Task Force, the University Safety Committee, and served as an advisor to the Hand-in-Hand student service organization.
Leach began his professional career at Temple University as the intramural coordinator at Temple from 1991 until 1995, where he worked in both the Athletic and Recreation Services Departments. While at Temple, he instituted a Sportsmanship Rating System for intramural participants, which is still in use.
He is an active member of the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association, the Pennsylvania Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society. Leach previously served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Princeton YMCA, most recently chairing the Property Committee as a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, Leach has worked with the Collaborative of Recreation Experts (CORE Unlimited, LLC) as a consultant to collegiate campus athletic/recreation programs.
Leach earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1990 and a master's degree in education in 1993 from Temple University and attended the Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy (2017). While at Princeton, he was a Mathey College Fellow and made an honorary member of Princeton University's Class of 2017.
Leach resides in Yardley, Pennsylvania, where he has been a volunteer on the Yardley Borough Parks and Recreation Board. Leach and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of three children–-Emma, Abby, and Ian.