TOP PHOTO: Jack Leach’s basketball teammates also came out in support of his big day.

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – In Jack Leach’s short address to the many teammates, coaches, family and friends attending his signing of scholarship papers with Walters State Community College of Morristown, he thanked them for their support.

“I have priceless memories of what Jack’s done, and you can’t put a value on what he did for the Cougar Golf team these past four years,” said Campbell High Golf Coach Michael Cain. Cain is anxious to see where playing at Walters State takes Leach.

Since the age of two Leach has been working on golf along with other sports including a run a few years back with his Dixie Youth League Baseball team. “Golf has always been a constant,” said Leach’s father Brian.

Campbell County High School Director of Athletics and Associate Head Football Coach Matt Price was also Leach’s physical education teacher. Price expressed how much he and everyone liked Leach. “I’d give him a PE scholarship if I could,” said the chuckling AD/Football Coach.

Leach credited Walters State Golf Coach Ben Hawkins as his main reason to continue playing golf. That comes after thinking that he might not play golf beyond high school. “Coach Hawkins has a great reputation,” said Leach.

“He has spent countless hours on his golf game. Leach was allowed to play on the Jacksboro Middle School golf team as a fifth grader,” said Jack’s mother Renee’. She was happy that Jack has decided to continue his career.

(Left to right) Brian, Drew, Jack and Renee’ Leach with family friend and University of Tennessee golfer Cade Russell standing.

“Jack is a leader, a motivator, a coach on the course. He’ll be tough to replace. Jack will be as successful as he wants to be. The sky is the limit for him,” said Cain.

“He’s attracted to winners, and the Walters State program is just that,” said Brian Leach, Jack’s father. Brian Leach feels his son will major in business; a route like Brian, Jack’s grandfather, Mike, and late great grandfather Tom Leach did.

Leach’s tennis coach, Josh Parker, describes him as one of the most decorated athletes to come through this school. “He’s done so much; basketball, golf, tennis,” said Parker.

“He’s a great kid and just an outstanding human being,” said Coach Brandon Clawson. Clawson serves as assistant boys basketball coach and assistant athletic director for CCHS.

His sister Drew summed it all up when she said across the auditorium, ” I love you, buddy.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/13/2022-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S JOSH PARKER)