Wazzu head man Mike Leach travels to American Samoa in June on goodwill trip

GET READY, ISLANDERS. Mike Leach is coming. Washington State’s head coach will travel to American Samoa next month on a goodwill trip.

“Coach Leach will be going to American Samoa June 12-16 with June Jones,” WSU football chief of staff Dave Emerick tells  

The Throwin’ Samoan, Jack Thompson, will also be there on the front end of the trip, Emerick said.  (Thompson will then head to Auckland, New Zealand for practices ahead of the inaugural Gridiron Camp on June 17).

Washington State has regularly featured more than a dozen players of Polynesian descent on its roster the last few years. The 2016
roster listed 16 players of Polynesian decent including seven who listed their hometown from American Samoa.

But the trip for Leach will be strictly about goodwill, Emerick noted.

“There is no recruiting element to the trip whatsoever as it is not a period of time when coaches are allowed on the road,” said Emerick.  “The main focus is to assist the people of American Samoa, to learn more about the culture, and to meet members of their community.

“This is a goodwill trip and they will conduct activities similar to what Coach Jones’ Foundation has done in the past.”

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