Coach Leitner grew up in Bemidji MN and currently lives in Laramie, WY where he is finishing up a degree in psychology and minoring in sociology and criminal justice. He has coached high school hockey for 3 years for the Laramie Outlaw program winning 2 state championships. During this time, Coach Leitner has also coached Team Wyoming 14U AA to back to back USA Hockey National Tournament 3rd place finishes.
His playing career consisted of playing youth and high school for the Bemidji LumberJacks. From there, he went on and played in the NAHL for the Aberdeen wings and Bismarck bobcats. He also spent some time with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL.