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Betsy Leonard
Betsy Leonard
Title: Head Swimming Coach
Phone: (434) 223-7221
Year: Ninth Year
Career Record
Years: 7 (2012-Pres.)
Record: 32-18 (.640)
Honors and Awards
ODAC Coach of the Year
All-ODAC Selections
1 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Betsy Leonard is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Swimming program for the 2019-20 campaign. She formerly led the Cross Country program for seven seasons from 2011-17.


  • ODAC Runner-Up (2017)
  • ODAC Coach of the Year (2017)
  • All-ODAC Selections: 13. 2015 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

The Tiger swim team has enjoyed steady improvement from year to year throughout Coach Leonard's tenure, setting new school records at virtually every meet year after year. Starting with the 2014-15 season, the team competed in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference after being an independent program for the first three years.

The 2018 squad set a new record for most dual meet wins with nine as the Tigers asserted their dominance over several new ODAC opponents, going 4-1 in the regular season vs. first-year ODAC teams and then defeating all of them at the ODAC Championship meet to place third.

The 2017 team was the best to date. The Tigers finished second at the ODAC Championship meet, the highest ever placement for H-SC, while Coach Leonard was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. The Tigers won five dual meets and placed six on the All-ODAC team, including the team's first-ever First-Teamer. H-SC also defeated Randolph-Macon for the first time, coming at the ODAC Championship meet.

Hampden-Sydney was awarded the league's first ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2015 and has placed 10 student-athletes on the All-ODAC team since the 2015-16 season, including a First-Teamer in 2017

Coach Leonard was the Assistant Director for TigeRec from 2010 to 2012 and was promoted to Director in December 2012. In her role with TigeRec, she is an AFPA (American Fitness Professional and Associates) Certified Personal Trainer and is the Fitness Instructor.

She attended York College (PA) and was a member of the school's swim and track teams. Along with her passion for nutrition and fitness, Betsy is an avid horseback rider and trainer. Coach Leonard currently resides in Farmville, VA, with her husband, Berkeley, who is the Associate Dean of Admissions at Hampden-Sydney, and three sons Isaiah, Gabe, and Cooper.

Head Coach Betsy Leonard Career Summary
Head Coach Betsy Leonard Career Summary
  Dual Meets Postseason
Year W L  
2012 1 1 --
2013 4 1 --
2014 6 2 --
2015 3 3 ODAC Championship, 3rd
2016 4 4 ODAC Championship, 3rd
2017 5 3 ODAC Championship, 2nd
2018 9 4 ODAC Championship, 3rd
2019  5 4 ODAC Championship, 5th
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