|Title:||McNay Family Director of Yale Sailing|
Zack Leonard has been the Head Varsity Sailing Coach at Yale since 2002. Leonard has led the program to five national championships and to the 2009 Fowle Trophy for team of the year in college sailing. As an undergraduate at Yale, Leonard was named an All-American and served as the captain of the sailing team. Leonard started his collegiate coaching career in 1987 when he led the US Coast Guard Academy varsity sailing team during a leave of absence from Yale. From 1989 to 1992 he was head sailing coach at Brown University where the team won a Fowle Trophy. After a break from coaching, Leonard returned to Yale in the fall of 2000. Under his guidance, the Yale team began to steadily climb the national rankings. In 2002 the team was promoted from club to varsity status. During his tenure at Yale, Leonard has led the team to five ICSA National Championships and a total of 23 podium finishes at the national championships. Most recently, in the spring of 2012, Leonard coached the Bulldogs to a 2nd place finish at the women's national championship and 3rd at the Co-ed Dinghy Nationals. Since 2004 the Yale sailing team has produced 55 All-American Sailors. Yale student-athletes have also been successful in Olympic level competition. Isabelle Kinsolving '02 represented the United States in the 2004 Athens Olympics in the Women's 470 class, finishing 5th, while Stuart McNay '05 and Thomas Barrows '10 represented the United States and US Virgin Islands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mcnay again represented the US at the London Olympics along with Yalie Sarah Lihan. Leonard is a 4 time US Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy) and the UK Team Racing Champion (Wilson Trophy). He’s won US and Canadian National Championships in the Tornado and a US title in the Vanguard 15. Outside college coaching, Leonard has served as the head coach of the US International 420 team since 2001, a coach of the US Olympic Sailing team at numerous world championships and a coach for the US squad at the 1993 Goodwill Games. During 2011 Leonard served as coach of the Women's 470 Class for the US Olympic team. Leonard was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year by US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee and currently serves as a member of the US Olympic Sailing Committee.
As an Undergraduate Bill Earned All-American honors in 1991, 92 & 93. After graduating St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bill became the Varsity Dinghy Coach for the US Coast Guard Academy from 1996-2000. Healy also coached numerous US Youth Championships and a Youth World Championship. After a short stint outside the coaching world, Bill became the Assistant sailing coach for the Bulldogs in 2003. Since then the Elis have won five National Championships. Healy is also an accomplished sailor. Having won just about every major U.S. International 420 regatta, Healy is a perfect match for the fleet of Yale 420's. In 1994 Healy was a member of the US Sailing 470 Team and is National, North American or Mid-Winter champions in 5 different sailing classes.
Thomas Barrows graduated from Yale in 2010 and was the recipient of the Neely Mallory award, the most prestigious award given to a male athlete at Yale. Barrows won 2 high school national championships for the Antilles School in St. Thomas, USVI and twice won his division at the College Nationals. He was awarded All-American 4 times, and named College Sailor of the Year. Outside of college and high school sailing Barrows has actively campaigned in the laser and 49er class. In 2007 he won the laser North American Championship and in 2008 he represented the US Virgin Islands in the Olympics. He is also a US Team Racing Champion. In the fall of 2010 Barrows was an assistant coach for the Yale Sailing team, and he has also been a coach in numerous advanced racing clinics around the country.