Chris Leazier has joined the UNC women’s basketball staff as Director of Scouting and Video Operations, head coach Courtney Banghart announced. He brings expertise in video editing and analysis as well as 25 years of coaching experience to the position.
“Chris Leazier is the perfect addition to this already special staff,” Banghart said. “His role will be to ensure that our video and scouting systems are the best in the ACC. Chris has been involved with the game of basketball at the highest levels, to include the NBA, WNBA, the NBAG League, and the collegiate game. He’s been a member of the Hudl and Sportscode team since 2016, which enables him to be plug in ready to help us best use our technology to progress the whole and our parts. While he already understands the systems we have in place, he’ll make us better and more efficient in all areas. He’s a great teacher, a great teammate and an even better person. It’s with such excitement that we add Chris to our Tar Heel family.”
In addition to his background in video and scouting, Leazier has coached men’s and women’s collegiate teams and in the NBA Development League (now NBA G League). In one of those stops, at Dartmouth College, he and Banghart worked together on the women’s basketball staff from 2003-07.
Leazier spent three years as the head men’s coach at Vermont Technical College (NAIA) and two years as the head women’s coach at Saint Anselm College (NCAA DII). In addition to college stops, he has coached on the international level and was an assistant coach and team manager for the Nigerian men’s basketball team at the 2016 Olympics.
He also has worked on the technical side of the coaching and statistics field in sales and support roles with HUDL and Sportstec software.
Leazier is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) and holds a master’s degree in philosophy from DePaul.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the North Carolina women’s basketball staff,” Leazier said. “I was fortunate to work with Coach Banghart between 2003-2007 on the staff at Dartmouth College, and have been thoroughly impressed by the unprecedented success she achieved at Princeton, and the foundation she has built for future success at UNC. She has distinguished herself as one of the game’s premier coaches, and I’m excited to assist her, her staff, and the student-athletes to achieve their goals for the program.”