CLEMSON — Finally official, Monte Lee has been named Clemson’s 27th head baseball coach.
The release arrived Thursday from Clemson, which has postponed an introductory press conference until sometime next week in light of the Charleston church shooting Wednesday night taking the lives of nine.
Lee leaves the College of Charleston, his alma mater, after seven years, four NCAA tournament berths and a 276-145 record. He becomes the Tigers’ third head coach in 59 years.
“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Clemson Family,” Lee said in a statement. “I’m ready to get to work and begin our journey towards bringing a national championship to Clemson. We’re building on a strong foundation and our goals are attainable. We will work together, alongside our student-athletes, fans and alumni to reach our new heights.”
Although contract terms and assistant coaches are yet to be disclosed, Lee is strongly expected to retain Clemson recruiting coordinator and hitting coach Bradley LeCroy while bringing pitching coach Matt Heath with him from Charleston, unless the Cougars look into promoting Heath from within.
“Monte is a gifted coach whose track record of success is a testament to his energy, coaching acumen and commitment to student-athletes,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “I am confident that his leadership will create renewed momentum and optimism for Clemson baseball. The relationships he’s created through a lifetime of baseball in our state, along with his proven successes, make him the right fit for our program, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Clemson Family.”
Lee, 38, was named the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, and helped College of Charleston reach the 2014 NCAA Super Regional round. He was Ray Tanner’s assistant at South Carolina from 2003-08.
A 2000 College of Charleston graduate, Lee is married to Eryn Garn Lee and the family has four daughters: Madie, Shelby, Blaire and Alexa.