Bill Leatherman was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and received his elementary and secondary education in the public schools of Albemarle County.
After serving in the US Army, he received his college degrees from Ferrum Junior College (A.A), Milligan College (B.S.), and Lynchburg College (M.Ed), with Advanced Graduate Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Virginia. While at Ferrum, Bill was President of the Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity.
Bill and his wife Nancy are enjoying their retirement years living in High Point, North Carolina. They have two children and six grandchildren, for whom this book is written.en.
Bill served forty-two years as a basketball coach, both in high school and in the collegiate ranks, with the last thirty years at James Madison University and at Bridgewater College, both in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. While at Bridgewater College, Bill compiled a school record of 335 coaching victories, including three trips to the NCAA playoffs and one Sweet Sixteen appearance. In a twenty-three year career there, Coach Leatherman graduated 100% of his student athletes. He has been inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame at three institutions.
During his coaching years Bill wrote many professional articles for basketball periodicals. A lifetime fan of baseball, he was first published with an article in the December 1983 issue of Baseball Digest.
Coach Leatherman won numerous Coach of the Year Awards, and in 2006 received the coveted National Association of Basketball Coaches Award (NABC) for Advocacy. Upon his retirement in 2008, he received the NABC Outstanding Service Award.
From the 1940’s as a youth, on into the twenty-first century as a grandfather, the author details a romp through childhood From memories to a life well lived as an adult. He recalls somewhat challenging, yet prosperous times, as he rummaged through the many ups and downs that life has to offer. The title, “Jack of all Trades, Master of Won”, is essentially the author’s way of telling his grandchildren that despite roadblocks along the way, he has “won at life” and all it has to offer. He offers an interesting insight into the struggles that families faced after World War II and into the “fabulous fifties”, as America began to realize there was hope of prosperity for all. The nineteen sixties were called “Camelot”, truly one of the greatest of decades for America and all its people. During this time when all young men were required to register for the draft at age eighteen, the US Army dramatically shaped this author’s life, as he previously had been a somewhat wayward youth in his teenage years. A three year enlistment in the US Army was followed by his college years, an athletic career, a wonderful marriage, fatherhood, and a long and lengthy, successful coaching career. Amusing stories of youthful teenage pranks, some of them even on the “troubling side” make for interesting reading. He received many second chance opportunities as a young adult and vowed to make the most of them. Originally intended to offer his personal story of life in the forties, fifties and the sixties for his grandchildren, it has evolved into a family history