As a high school senior, Tom listed his ultimate career goal "to become the next Voice of the Wildcats." Almost every broadcaster in Kentucky wants that best seat in Rupp Arena, but the dream came true for Tom. Now, he follows in the footsteps of Cawood Ledford, Ralph Hacker, Claude Sullivan, Jim Host and the others who have called the games for the Cats.
Tom began his work on the UK Radio Network in 1989 as host of the postgame scoreboard and call-in shows. Eight years later, he was named the play-by-play voice for Kentucky football and he added the basketball responsibilities in 2001. Since then, he's been named Kentucky Sportscaster of the year four times.
Tom has been at the mic for five football bowl games and memorable wins over Alabama and Georgia, when fans celebrated by tearing down the goalposts at Commonwealth Stadium and the upset of number one ranked LSU. In basketball, Tom called Tayshaun Prince's barrage of five three-pointers to start a game (a feat voted the most memorable in Rupp Arena history). He has followed the Cats through an unprecedented 26 game winning streak in 2003 and later that year, Tom provided the Kentucky call of a win over Michigan State at Detroit's Ford Field, before the largest crowd ever to see a college basketball game.
Another Bluegrass tradition is part of Tom's broadcasting resume--horse racing. Tom is a two-time winner of the prestigious Eclipse Award for excellence in coverage of Thoroughbred racing. He was selected in 2008 and 2009 by Quint Events, Official Experience Package Provider for Churchill Downs, to entertain their clients for Oaks and Derby.
Leach's love of sports was passed down from father to son. Alvin Leach was a member of the Lexington Hustlers, a historic semi-pro baseball team. The Hustlers team, formed in the 1940's, is believed to be one of the first integrated squads in the south. Leach's brother, Steve, was a standout quarterback at Georgetown College in the early 1960's. And Leach's uncle, Billy Hall, received a football scholarship to the University of Kentucky and played under the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Tom's most recent venture is Tom Leach Productions. His website tomleachky.com features Tom's coverage of the Wildcats as well as highlights of high school sports. Tom Leach Productions assists Tom with management and marketing of his client endorsements and public speaking engagements.
Tom currently writes a biweekly column for the UK Athletics website. He has handled television assignments for NBC and ESPN, as well as local stories and reporting for TV stations in Lexington and Louisville.
Tom is a 1979 graduate of Bourbon County High School and a 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky. Tom is celebrating his 21st year of marriage to Robyn Rabbeth, a former anchor for WLEX-TV. They have two children: Connor, a junior football player for Henry Clay High School and Caroline who loves sports as well and plays basketball. Of course, the whole family enjoys cheering for the Cats, along with thousands of faithful Big Blue fans across the Commonwealth and around the world.