Randolph Center, VT - With long-time coach John Dyer stepping down, Vermont Tech Director of Athletics Jenn Norton-Magnan announced the hiring of Chris Leazier as the new Head Coach of Men's Basketball. Leazier held the position of Assistant Coach for the Knights last season.
Leazier hopes to use his seventeen years of basketball coaching experience to build upon the most successful season in Vermont Tech Men's Basketball team history. Led by now graduated 2012 United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-American and Yankee Small College Conference Player of the Year Kevin Carr, the school's leading scorer with 2,295 career points, last season the men compiled a 22-13 record and reeled off an incredible YSCC Playoff run that culminated in the school's first men's basketball tournament championship. The team continued on to the USCAA Nationals held at Penn-State Fayette, where they won their first round contest.
Prior to being an Assistant at Vermont Tech, Leazier was a Scout and Assistant Coach with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League. He also spent time as Head Coach at the college level, when from 2007-2009 he headed the Women's Basketball program at NCAA Division II Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.
Leazier earned his head coaching opportunity at Saint Anselm after seven years (2000-2007) spent learning on the bench of first the men's and then the women's basketball teams at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. During his time at Dartmouth he was deeply involved in all the aspects of running a Division I basketball program. While at the college, the Dartmouth women made the NCAA Tournament twice, were the 2005 and 2006 IVY League Champions (17-11 and 23-7, respectively), as well as becoming the first ever IVY team invited to the Pre-Season WNIT Tournament in 2006 and the first IVY team in eleven years invited to the Post-Season WNIT Tournament.
Leazier graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1992, and in 1996 earned his master's degree in philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He resides with his wife, Amy, and their four children in Norwich, VT.