Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Michael Leach holds a bachelor of arts in English from California State University, Northridge, and a master of arts in communication studies from California State University, Los Angeles. Leach has served as the director of the COC Speech Team since 2005.
Since his arrival, the team has garnered both state and nationwide recognition by bringing home at least one bronze, silver or gold medal at seven straight Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournaments
Last spring the COC speech team was awarded a school-record three medals, including the team’s first gold medal, at the Phi Rho Pi tournament, which annually attracts participants from more than 75 community colleges across the nation.
Having competed in various forms of speech competition throughout his college career, in 1990 Leach was honored with the Phi Rho Pi Bovero-Tabor award as the top speaker at that year’s national tournament. In 1994, Leach also won a National Championship for his performance of a multiple character program entitled “The Life of an Actor.”
Aside from his writing, speaking and acting pursuits, Leach has worked as a political consultant, professional photographer, local sports videographer and documentary filmmaker.