Department of Athletics

Husky Zach Leal ’17 Continuing His Playing Career in England

GORHAM, Maine –  Recent University of Southern Maine graduate Zach Leal (York, Maine) formerly of the of University of Southern Maine Huskies’ men’s basketball team is continuing his playing career as a member of Team Newcastle University. 

            Leal, the 26th men’s basketball player to record 1000 points in his career, committed to Team Newcastle University, and will be earning his Master’s degree in International Business at the Tyne, England campus.  In exchange for Leal’s talents, Leal is earning a USA Athlete Scholarship, and several academic scholarships.

            Team Newcastle University plays in the BUCS (British University & Colleges Sport) Division 1, which is roughly equivalent to NCAA Division I basketball, and was just recently promoted to play in the NBL Division 1, which is the second highest professional league in England behind the BBL (British Basketball League).

            “A four-year standout, I’m excited for Zach and the opportunity he has to continue to pursue his basketball passion while furthering his education,” noted veteran head coach and USM alumni Karl Henrikson.  “Zach is a highly skilled athlete who has found ways to score throughout his career, and worked tirelessly on the defensive end of things; I am confident he will find success in his latest basketball endeavor.  Team Newcastle is welcoming a tremendous competitor and leader.”  READ MORE