Kevin Leighton (born August 28, 1979) is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Fordham Rams baseball program. He was named to that position prior to the 2012 season. His brother, Brian Leighton, is also a baseball coach
After a successful high school career in Brewster, New York, Leighton was drafted in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He instead chose to attend college, and played four seasons with Seton Hall, helping the Pirates to the 2001 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament title, and a pair of NCAA Division I Baseball Championship appearances. Leighton earned his degree from Seton Hall in 2001, and would later add a master's degree from Manhattan College.
After graduating, Leighton accepted an assistant coach position at Manhattan, serving under then-head coach Steve Trimper. With Trimper's departure for Maine, Leighton was elevated to head coach, after just four years as an assistant. He led the Jaspers to a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament titles and NCAA Division I Baseball Championship appearances. In his first season, the Jaspers won the MAAC Tournament and advanced to regional final the NCAA Tournament, resulting in Leighton being named the American Baseball Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2006. Manhattan would repeat the performance in 2011, but fell in both NCAA Tournament games. In his time at Manhattan, Leighton coached 51 All-Conference players and produced eleven professional players. On July 18, 2012, Leighton was named head coach at Fordham.
Head coaching record
This table shows Leighton's record as a head coach at the Division I level.
|Manhattan (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)|
|Fordham (Atlantic 10 Conference)|
|2014||Fordham||24–30||13–14||7th (12)||Atlantic 10 Tournament|
|2015||Fordham||22–32||13–11||7th (13)||Atlantic 10 Tournament|
|2016||Fordham||29–29||14–10||5th||Atlantic 10 Tournament|
|2018||Fordham||35–19–1||16–8||2nd||Atlantic 10 Tournament|
|2020||Fordham||8–6||0–0||Season canceled due to COVID-19|