ABOUT "COACH LEAH"
Founder & Executive Director
LEAHJEAN M. DENLEY, MBA
Born and raised on the Southside of Minneapolis, MN, Coach Leah's vision and goal to provide optimal performance programming options to arts, academic, and athletic entities through sound - culturally diverse strategies has been achieved with
AALAX [pronounced "Alex"] -
the Institute for Arts & Academic Leadership and Athletic eXcellence.
Coach Leah's entrepreneurial drive is fueled by both her experiences as an elite level scholar athlete and her enjoyment of sports, entertaining, motivational speaking, creative writing, traveling, as well as spending quality time with family as the proud and humbled wife to US Army veteran and entrepreneur, Robert Charles Denley,
and mother of three talented millennials,
Chelsea, Michael, and Monet.
Active in Faith Based initiatives, Coach Leah was appointed by the former Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church [WABC] Youth Pastor, Rev. Andrew W. Berry II, to serve on the Executive Team for the Youth, College Age, Young Adult, and Singles Ministry  in Houston, TX. Current activities at WABC include serving in various roles with the Communications and Technologies Ministry.
While in High School, Coach Leah was a three sport [volleyball, basketball, & track] All-Conference athlete and an All-American [USA Today Top 50] and Street & Smith Honorable Mention while attending Minneapolis Washburn. The Dave Winfield Minneapolis Female Athlete Award winner became the all-time leading scorer in Minneapolis City Conference history in basketball as a senior – a record that held until the Minneapolis Henry High School, Kodak All-American and WNBA Veteran, Tracy Henderson,
broke the scoring record 10 years later in 1993...
During Coach Leah's tenure, the Washburn Lady Millers made three consecutive trips to the
Minnesota State High School League Girls Basketball State Championships in 1981, 1982, & 1983.
Upon graduation, Coach Leah attended Tennessee Technological University [TTU] and played for the legendary Marynell Meadors and the nationally ranked Golden Eaglette women’s basketball team from 1984 – 1987 after transferring from UAB and starting as a junior and senior for TTU. Coach Leah’s college career ended with a loss to the eventual Div. 1 National Champion, Tennessee Lady Vols,
in the second round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament.
Coach Leah graduated with a B.S. degree in Speech Communications – Broadcast Journalism concentration [Fashion Merchandise minor]. In addition to a Post Graduate Teaching Certification from the University of
St. Thomas, MN, and an Education Leadership Certification from Yale University, Coach Leah earned an Executive MBA degree from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. To further enhance her leadership capacity, Coach Leah was one of only 48 emerging leaders from across the country selected for the American Express Leadership Academy sponsored in partnership with the Center
for Creative Leadership and hosted by the Points of Light in June of 2019 and recently completed
the inaugural Spiritual Warrior training for self-mastery with the world renown and host of
“IYANLA: Fix My Life,” the #1 reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant