“IMG Academy offers the ideal environment for me to put into practice both my careers as a student and professional athlete and as an educator,” remarked Lehan. “I’m looking forward to drawing on my experiences to continue the Academy’s strong academic and athletic tradition while expanding opportunities for student-athlete development.”
After a standout career at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn., the former cornerback played four years at the University of Minnesota, where he was named team captain during his senior year. He would later get drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round in 2003 and go on to enjoy a six-year career with the Browns (2003-05), Miami Dolphins (2006-2008), and New Orleans Saints (2008) before transitioning to a career in academia.
When his athletic career ended, Lehan became Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for the Osseo Area Schools, the fifth-largest school system in Minnesota, serving 20,000 students. He was soon promoted to Principal of Osseo Senior High School, a role he held for five years that led to him being named 2019 “Hennepin Division Principal of Year” and 2020 “Principal of the Year” by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. During his tenure, he guided the school to its first-ever ranking as one of “The Best High Schools” in the nation by US News & World Report, an honor the school held for three straight years. Lehan was promoted to his most recent role of Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Achievement for Osseo Area Schools in July 2020 and was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumni by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.