Len Leiper could be called a man for all seasons. Not the English
church version, but a man worthy of induction into the Beaver County
Sports Hall of Fame for his willingness as a sports official to
change uniforms as the seasons change.
Leiperís athletic career began at Mohawk High School. He lettered in
football, basketball, and track, graduating in 1979. But it wasnít
long before Lenny put on the stripped uniform of an official, thanks
to his cousin Ron Churchin.
Leiper has officiated over 2000 combined high school football,
basketball, baseball, and softball games over the past 25 years. Add
to that another 300 college football and basketball games and 500 ASA softball games, and you will understand why he is truly our "Man
for All Seasons."
Since 1986, as a PIAA baseball umpire, he has called over 300
baseball games including 30 WPIAL playoff games, four WPIAL championship games, 15 PIAA
playoff games, four Western Finals, and
the 2010 PIAA State Championship. He also found time during baseball
season to serve as the Chapter Secretary for the B.C Chapter of the
umpires. During the summer from 1986-1992, he umpired over 130
American Legion/Colts game, including 30 playoff assignments.
As a PIAA softball umpire from 1989 to the present, Leiper has been
the man in charge in over 275 games, including 15 WPIAL playoffs, ten PIAA playoffs, 2 PIAA Western Finals, and the 1993 WPIAL Championship
game. During the summer, Leiper has called over 500 ASA softball
games. He also found the time to serve as the Umpire-in Chief for
the Blackhawk ASA Umpires Association for 16 years.
Football takes over the fall season for Leiper. From 1986 to the
present, he has officiated over 300 PIAA games, including 20 WPIAL
Playoffs and two WPIAL Championship games. From 1992 to 2002, Lenny
served as a NCAA college official with over 100 games called,
including 2 playoff games. He is the Beaver County Chapter Rules
During the winter, basketball becomes his season. A PIAA basketball
referee since 1986, Leiper has called over 800 games, including 50
WPIAL playoff assignments, 3 WPIAL Championship games, and 15 PIAA
Playoff games. Since 1996, Lenny has served as the B.C. Chapter
Rules Interpreter. As a NCAA College official from 1995 to 2005, he
called over 100 games, including 5 playoff games.
Lenny resides in Patterson Township and is married to Sue and is the father of Michael and
Maria. He has three grandchildren. Lenny is the District Sales Representative for McKee
Foods/Little Debbie Snack Cakes and finds time to serve as President
of the Patterson Township Commissioners.