Leander joined Santa Clara in September 2001 after playing professionally with the DKSK team in Miskolc, Hungary. She was the team's starting forward during the 2001 spring season, and averaged 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. While playing, Leander also worked as a program manager for The Hoop Athletic Club in Vancouver, Wash., where she organized and marketed all facility programs, including basketball leagues, tournaments, dances, parties and corporate events.
As a player, Leander was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Bears. A two time first team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree, she started 106 of 109 contests in her career and is among Cal's all-time leaders in several categories, including seventh in career rebounds (790) and 10th in career scoring (1,144), field goal percentage (.484) and blocks (52).
After exhausting her eligibility, Leander remained on the Berkeley campus and worked in the University's Student Learning Center, where she supervised student-athletes, implemented a five-part lecture series on the school and helped coordinate fall orientation programs for incoming student-athletes.
A native of Tigard, Ore., Leander began her coaching career at Mills College in Oakland during the 1999-2000 season. While there, she was responsible for coordinating and devising team conditioning workouts, scouting reports and recruiting, while also working with the team's post players. At the same time, Leander was completing her degree at Cal while working in her soon-to-be alma mater's athletic media relations office.
Leander graduated from California in 2000 with a degree in mass communications and began working on a master's last fall in Santa Clara's Counseling, Psychology and Education degree program. She resides in Santa Clara.