USA Fencing coach Anthony ‘Buckie’ Leach dies in motorcycle accident shortly after Tokyo Games

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On Saturday, U.S. Fencing women’s foil coach Anthony “Buckie” Leach died in a motorcycle accident while on a cross-country road trip at the age of 62, USA Fencing announced. The longtime USA coach died shortly after helping lead Lee Kiefer to USA’s first Olympic gold in individual foil in Tokyo.

Leach was also an assistant coach at Notre Dame for five seasons, beginning in 2016. He won three team national championships and five individual foil championships during his time with the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia released a statement following Leach’s death:

“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.”

Leach coached the women’s foil team in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2016 and 2020 Olympics and won four medals at the Senior World Team Championship. Leach was inducted in the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2013.

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