Buck Leslie’s influence on Washington and Lee Athletics is evident in his commitment to the school as an athlete and coach.
Leslie was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals’ baseball team, pitching and playing the outfield. W&L’s outstanding pitcher award now bears his name.
Following his graduation from W&L in 1949, Leslie taught and coached at Natural Bridge High School before returning to his alma mater in 1960 to serve as a member of the physical education department and assistant football coach.
Leslie helped direct the remarkable turnaround of W&L's football program in the early 1960's as the Generals went 25-1-1 from 1960 to 1962, winning the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club's Timmie Award in 1961 as the Outstanding Small College Team in the Nation. W&L's 9-0 1961 team was the subject of a six-page spread in Sports Illustrated entitled "A Sport for Gentlemen."
He began assisting the golf team in 1963 and took over as head football coach during the 1968 season. He held that position until 1972, posting a 16-28-1 overall record.
Leslie then became W&L’s head golf coach in 1975, a position he held until he retired in 1995.
Over his 20 seasons as golf coach, Leslie posted a 261-44-4 overall record, claiming seven Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships and advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships five times. Leslie’s golfers earned All-ODAC honors on 33 occasions and All-America honors seven times.