A native of Clinton, Ohio, and a 1951 graduate of Clinton High School, Lepley played three years of varsity baseball at the University of Michigan, 1952-53-54, playing on the Wolverine´s 1953 National Championship team. Lepley played on a pair of Big Ten championship teams and earned first team All-Big Ten honors while hitting .396 in 1953. He also led the Big Ten in triples and RBI´s .That same year he was named an American Baseball Coaches Assn. All-American(third team). After his junior season at Michigan, Lepley turned pro, signing with the Detroit Tigers organization. He played three years in the minors, returning to Michigan in 1955 to receive his bachelor´s degree.He went on to earn a masters at Penn State and a doctorate at Temple in 1969. He served in education administration and spent 19 years at Northeastern University in Boston. He retired in 1996 as the Dean of Bouve College at Northeastern.