Zach McLeese is in his tenth season as a member of the SMU Sports Medicine Staff, his fifth handling men's basketball. In 2000, he graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Kinesiology and emphasis in Athletic Training. During his senior year at Illinois, McLeese was awarded the George Huff Award, which honors outstanding achievement in both academics and athletics.
Following graduation, McLeese came to SMU as a graduate assistant. While completing his Master of Liberal Arts, he provided coverage for the Men's Soccer and Women's Rowing teams. In his first season on the Hilltop, the Mustang Men's Soccer Team advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history.
After completing his degree in the Spring of 2002, McLeese joined the sports medicine team as a full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer. During that same year, he served as Medical Coordinator for the 2002 NCAA College Cup, held in Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU. Currently, McLeese is responsible for the Men's Basketball and Men's and Women's golf teams, and is the instructor for "Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training."
A native of Monticello, Illinois, McLeese enjoys traveling and a wide variety of sports. He and his wife Stefanie were married in April 2007.