Former Los Angeles Dodgers standout Tim Leary joins the LMU baseball program as the Lions' pitching coach. Leary begins his stint with LMU after most recently working with the UCLA pitching staff from 1997-2000 and again in 2004.
Following a successful collegiate career at UCLA, Leary was selected by the New York Mets with the second pick of the first round in the 1979 baseball draft. He pitched professionally for 15 years, spending 10 of those years in the majors with the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.
Leary's best performances came in 1988 when he helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series Championship. He was named National League Comeback Player of the Year, finishing the season with a 17-11 record and a 2.90 ERA.
He was the National League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 18-24, 1988, and was selected as a 1988 TSN Silver Slugger, awarded to the top players at each position in each league as selected by MLB managers.
Leary ranked second in the National League in shutouts (six), fifth in complete games (nine) and sixth in wins (17) and strikeouts (180). He threw a one-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia and struck out a career-high 12 on August 21 against Montreal. He allowed just one run over six and two thirds innings (1.35 ERA) in two World Series.
As the Bruins' pitching coach, Leary helped the 1997 squad to a College World Series appearance and coached two first round draft picks in Jim Parque and Josh Karp.
Leary, who holds a degree in economics from UCLA, was a three-year letterman (1977-79) for the Bruins. He finished his career with a 21-15 record and a 3.09 ERA with 258 strikeouts, the fourth-highest total in UCLA history. Leary pitched 16 complete games while at UCLA, which is still the school's all-time record.
He was selected to The Sporting News and the ABCA's All-America squads and earned Academic All-America honors in 1979. In 1991, Leary was elected to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, joining Jackie Robinson and former American League President Dr. Bobby Brown as the only baseball inductees.
Leary graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1976 after posting a 10-2 record that year and earning All-CIF first-team honors. He led his American Legion Team to the national championship by going 19-1. In 1978, he helped lead the USA Amateur Team to the silver medal in the World Cup played in Italy. He was also a member of the 1979 Pan Am Team.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career at UCLA, Leary was in private business in the Brentwood area and contributed his time to baseball youth clinics at several Westside Little Leagues.
Leary resides in Pacific Palisades. He has two daughters, Anne-Sophie and Caroline, and a son, Thomas.