Buckie Leach, Olympic fencing coach, dead in motorcycle crash at 62

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USA Fencing coach Buckie Leach passed away after a motorcycle accident on Saturday night, according to a statement. He was 62.

Leach coached the American fencing team in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, as well as the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens and 2016 Rio Games. He helped coach American Lee Kiefer to the first ever U.S. Olympic gold medal this year in women’s foil. He also coached at Notre Dame, where Kiefer was a student.

Leach is a member of the US Fencing Hall of Fame, inducted in 2013.

According to the statement from USA Fencing, Leach was “on a cross-country road trip after his return from the Tokyo Olympic Games” when he suffered the fatal accident.

“Our hearts are broken at the loss of U.S. Women’s Foil Team coach Buckie Leach just two weeks after leading the squad at his fifth Olympic Games,” Team USA Fencing said on social media, per People.

Buckie Leach (center) with Nzingha Prescod (left) and Lee Kiefer.
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“It was his heart, passion and laughter that made Buckie one of the most beloved coaches in the sport. Our thoughts are with Buckie’s family as well as the entire fencing community.”

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