Leuer selected for High School League Hall of Fame

Photo by Derrick Knutson
Photo by Derrick Knutson

Throughout her 34-year career, Becky Leuer has been a champion for the advancement of girls and women in sports. Right out of college she was hired at North Branch Area High School and began making her mark as a coach. She coached nearly every girls sport the school offered — gymnastics, track and field, softball and volleyball. Her volleyball teams won a combined 363 games, five conference titles, two section championships, and made back-to-back trips to the state tournament in 1993 and 1994. Leuer was chosen three times as the Region 7AA Volleyball Coach of the Year and she’s a member of the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.

In 2000 Leuer became the activities director at North Branch. Her leadership was known at every level, from the Rum River and North Suburban conferences to the Minnesota State High School League. She served on the League Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008, the Representative Assembly, the League’s Foundation Board of Director and the Region 7AA Committee, which she chaired in 2003. Leuer twice served as president of the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association and is a member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association 25-Year Club, which is another organization she led in 2011-2012.

Aside from managing the athletic programs at North Branch, Leuer was also a champion of the school’s robotics and dance team programs. She served as the robotics team advisor and was instrumental in the partnership between the national robotics organization FIRST and the Minnesota State High School League.

Among her many awards, Leuer has received the Region 7AA Athletic Director of the Year, the Marie Berg Award for excellence in education, and the George Haun Award for outstanding leadership and service in the coaching profession. Leuer retired in 2009.  She will be inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame May 19.

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