Daniel Leeworthy
Daniel Leeworthy
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Organization: Umpqua Community College
City: Roseburg
State: Oregon
ZIP Code: 97470
Country: United States
Phone: 541-440-7717
Email: daniel.leeworthy@umpqua.edu

     

Daniel Leeworthy enters his 5th season as Head Coach for Men’s Basketball/Associate Professor at Umpqua Community College.  His experience includes both NCAA Division 1 and 2 institutions and has 13 years of collegiate coaching experience. During his tenure Coach Leeworthy has had players transfer to NCAA D1, D2, and the top NAIA schools in the nation.

In 2016-17 the RiverHawks won the Southern Region Championship and finished 3rd place in the NWAC Tournament.  Freshman Grant Ellison was named Southern Region MVP and Freshmen of the Year, while the team had 4 All-Conference performers.  UCC’s 20-10 record marked the first time since 1991that the team has had three consecutive seasons with a winning record. 

In 2015 with Coach Leeworthy’s first recruiting class on campus, UCC recorded the 2nd biggest turnaround in program history going from 6 to 19 wins.  This feat was capped off by the team returning to the NWAC playoffs for the first time in 7 years. 

Leeworthy was named UCC’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach in September, 2013 at age 32. “I accepted this position at UCC because of the great community, and the beautiful campus. The basketball facilities are very good, and I firmly believe we will be able to build a program that will become a standard of excellence for college basketball in the nation here,” said Coach Leeworthy.

Leeworthy came to UCC from NCAA Division II Western State Colorado University where in his 4 seasons as Head Assistant Coach, he helped the team improve every year. From 2012-13 the team recorded, for the first time in 15 years, consecutive seasons of double digit conference wins.

Before arriving at Western State, Leeworthy spent two seasons at Ohio University as a graduate assistant.  His responsibilities included basketball operations, scouting, video coordination, and camp director. The Bobcats turned in a 20 win season in 2007-08 and earned a berth in the inaugural CBI. He worked with a number of All-Conference players as well as Mike Allen who led the MAC in assists.  He also assisted in the recruiting of the 2009 class that would become one of the most successful mid-major recruiting classes ever. The class would go on to win three Conference Championships, and make two NCAA tournaments including a run to the Sweet Sixteen.

The Australian native started his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, NCAA Division II powerhouse BYU-Hawaii, where he was a part-time assistant coach from 2005-07, both seasons the Seasiders finished second in the Pac-West Conference. In 2006-07, he helped guide the Seasiders to a 20-8 record and a spot in the NCAA Division II Tournament. He also coached then Freshmen of the Year, Lucas Alves and winner of the Daktronics DII 2008-09 Player of the Year.

In addition Leeworthy has coached 20 collegiate players that have go on to play professionally, and coached with 4 current NCAA D1 Head Coaches, Chris Holtmann (Ohio State), John Groce (Akron), Bacari Alexander (Detroit), & Tim O’Shea (Bryant).

Leeworthy graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a degree (B.A) in TESOL with a minor in Exercise and Sports Science, and a Master's Degree (M.S) in Recreation and Sports Science: Coaching Education at Ohio University.

He and his wife, the former Lindsay Yamauchi of Hawaii, have two boys, Jaron, Madsen with one on the way.

Coach Leeworthy says he is “excited to see student athletes achieve the program’s goals of: - 1. Graduate from UCC 2. Transfer to a 4 year school 3. Build Life skills that will last a lifetime 4. Build excitement in the community 5. Win Championships.”

Where Coach Leeworthy’s Players Have Gone

Jordan Madrid-Andrews

NCAA Division 1

Richmond

Grant Ellison

NCAA Division 2

Westminster

Wade “Bubba” Miller

NCAA Division 2

Dixie State University

Jacob Danhoff

NCAA Division 2

Cal State - Stanislaus

Quincy Harding

NCAA Division 2

Western State University (CO)

Mikko Balmes

NCAA Division 2

St. Martins

Jouvon Edison

NAIA Division 2

Valley City State

Timmy Thompson

NAIA Division 1

Jarvis Christian

Charles Porter

NAIA Division 1

Montana State - Northern

Joe Baldi

NAIA Division 1

Benedictine University

Staci Richardson

NAIA Division 1

Clarke University

Titus Rice

NAIA Division 2

Ottawa University

Will Owens

NAIA Division 2

Ottawa University

Mishima Gray

NAIA Division 1

Arizona Christian U.