Inducted in 2004
Bradley Leach
Born on March 23, 1938 in Biddeford, Maine
Education:
Thornton Academy, 1956
University of Connecticut, 1960
Masters Degree in Education

A versatile and outstanding three sport (football, basketball & baseball) athlete at Thornton Academy, Brad went on to a very impressive athletic career at UConn and then to professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before returning as a teacher, coach and athletic director at his alma mater.

A gifted running back (9.6 yards per carry as a senior) and pass receiver, Leach led the Golden Trojans to state championships in 1954 and 1955. He earned All-State honors both years, was the state's Most Valuable Player in 1954 and was an All-American selection in 1955.

In baseball, Brad starred on the 1954 Thornton Telegram League championship squad and was twice selected (1955 & 1956) as an All-Telegram League pitcher. In addition, he paced Saco's Owen-Davis American Legion post to state titles in both 1954 & 1955, and was honored as the Maine Legion Tournament's MVP in 1955.

At the Univ. of Connecticut, Leach played both football and baseball. In three years of varsity baseball, Brad posted an II - 4 record, including an appearance in the 1957 College World Series, had a three year 2.44 earned run average and a sparkling 1.08 ERA in his senior year. He attracted the attention of numerous major league scouts and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1960.

Brad returned to Maine in 1961 to begin a distinguished career in education at Thornton, where he served for over three decades as a teacher, coach and athletic director. A former student summed up Brad's influence at Thornton, "We learned that sports was not the end-all, but a means to an end, that discipline and hard work were the keys to success in life. Brad was a coach in the fullest sense of the word; he was a superb teacher and molder of young men".

Brad's baseball accomplishments earned him a spot in 1998 in the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.

Brad and his wife Jean reside in Saco. They have three children - David, Daniel and Alison.

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