General Background: Coach Bob Leggett lived in Vienna, Virginia for over 25 years and now resides in Herndon, Va.He worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for almost 30 years and now is employed by SAIC.He earned a BS in Engineering with Honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. and an MA and PhD in Business and Economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Playing Background:Bob Leggett is a native of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, a town outside of Allentown.He played varsity basketball for three years, earning All Lehigh Valley honors.He played varsity basketball at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for three years.He set the Academy scoring record and was selected to the All New England team.Bob also pitched the first no-hitter in Academy history and pitched in the Small College World Series.He is a member of the US Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, was named one of the Academy’s distinguished graduates last year, and earned a Bronze Star with Combat V for his service in Vietnam.
Coaching Experience:Coach Leggett began his coaching career as the freshman coach and assistant varsity coach at Lehigh University.He subsequently moved to Virginia and volunteered to be the Commissioner of the Vienna Youth Association Basketball program, which he led for many years while at the same time coaching numerous in-house and county teams --including an 8th grade county championship team.He also coached a 15-and-under Fairfax Stars AAU basketball team that finished in the top 13 teams in the nation, defeating a team led by the Orlando Magic’s All-pro Dwight Howard in the national championship tournament.
Bob has been the freshmen basketball coach at Madison High School the past two years.He also is coaching the 5th grade Division 2 team this year and assisting his son, Christopher, who is coaching the 7th grade boys Division 1 team.
Coaching Philosophy:Coach Leggett emphasizes basketball fundamentals as a means of preparing players to play at the high school level and possibly beyond.He stresses in particular man-to-man defense principles and emphasizes the importance of working hard, being a good teammate, and good sportsmanship. While winning is important, Bob tries to put the game in perspective for his players – that is, he stresses playing the right way, respecting the game, putting school and family first, and enjoying competing against good competition.