Ed Leyden will enter his 23rd season as Head Coach of the Suffolk University Women’s Basketball team for the 2016-17 season.
Leyden has built the program into one of the most consistent and recognized programs in the New England region. He has been honored by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on five occasions with the league’s Coach of the Year, most recently in 2012-13. During that season, Leyden’s team set the Suffolk University mark for most wins by a basketball team with 21. In 22 total seasons as a collegiate head coach Leyden has amassed 340 career victories including a 329-229 (.590) overall record at Suffolk.
During his tenure, Leyden has coached nine of the 13 members of Suffolk’s 1,000 point scorers, including Katie Norton ‘00 the all-time leader with 1,516 points. As part of his 2012-13 team, senior Jacqueline Vienneau became the first player in school history and fourth in GNAC history to record career milestones with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 career assists. A total of 30 of Leyden’s players have earned All-Conference recognition by the GNAC during his time at Suffolk, while his teams have also made eighth appearances in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division-III New England Championship Tournament.
Leyden has taken Suffolk on several midseason trips, and took the team on its second international trip in 2014-15 to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyden's Rams were the first team to compete internationally during the 2002-03 season when they went to the Bahamas to play in the Sunshine Tournament. The women's basketball team has also traveled to Key Largo, Florida and San Diego, California to compete.
Leyden’s teams have also earned recognition by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with two national top 25 rankings in team grade point average. His teams have also taken part annually in the WBCA’s Pink Zone Initiative with other GNAC member schools to raise awareness for breast cancer.
In 2015, Leyden was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for his prominent career as Suffolk's head coach.
Leyden resides in North Reading with his wife Norma and their three children, Michael, Michelle and Daniel, a 2009 graduate from Suffolk University.
Leyden is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He received a Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at Boston State College. He is a former Mathematics teacher at Revere High School.