College of Charleston baseball coach Monte Lee will interview for the head baseball coaching position at Arizona State on Wednesday, The Post and Courier has learned.
Lee, 37, led the College of Charleston to one of the best seasons in program history this past spring. The Cougars finished the year with a 44-19 mark, a Colonial Athletic Association tournament title, a Gainesville Regional crown and a spot in the Lubbock Super Regional.
In six seasons with the Cougars, Lee is 231-130 with three NCAA Regional appearances - 2010, 2102 and 2104 - and this year's super regional spot.
Arizona State coach Tim Esmay resigned on Monday after five seasons with the Sun Devils. Esmay compiled a 201-94-1 mark and advanced to a College World Series during his first season as head coach in 2010. The Sun Devils went 33-24 in 2014 and lost of both of their regional games.
According to published reports, Esmay made about $200,000 last season, while Lee was paid $115,150 by the College of Charleston.
The Cougars have defeated ranked teams on 13 occasions during Lee's tenure. They include victories over No. 8 Florida in the 2014 regional, No. 12 North Carolina in 2014, No. 8 South Carolina in 2012 and No. 3 Coastal Carolina in 2010.
Twenty-one players have been drafted or signed pro contracts in Lee's six seasons. Lee has coached 10 All-Americans, a national Freshman Player of the Year and national Freshman Pitcher of the Year this season in Bailey Ober.
In December of 2012, Lee was named one of Baseball America's Top 10 Head Coaches under 40 and one of Perfect Game's Top 10 Rising Head Coaches.
The Cougars have led their conference in staff ERA in 2012, 2013 and 2014, ranking in the top 20 in the country in ERA this season at 2.72.
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