College of Charleston baseball head coach Monte Lee has signed an eight-year, $193,000/year contract extension and will remain in Charleston as CofC’s head coach.
This past week, Lee interviewed for the head coaching position at Arizona State, a program that has won five national championships and is considered one of the nation’s most storied programs. On Tuesday, ASU tabbed Indiana’s Tracy Smith for its next head coach.
In 2014, Lee completed his sixth season as the head baseball coach at the College of Charleston. This year, Lee’s Cougars posted a record of 44-19, were ranked as high as No. 16 in the nation and became the first-ever NCAA four seed to sweep a regional in three games and advance to a super regional. Charleston defeated the NCAA overall second seed and SEC Champion Florida Gators on their home field en route to the regional title.
In his six seasons at CofC, Lee has posted a record of 231-130 with three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a championship in the 2014 Gainesville Regional and a trip to the 2014 Lubbock Super Regional. He led Charleston to a CAA Tournament championship in 2014 and a Southern Conference regular season championship in 2012. His career winning percentage of .639 currently ranks 22nd among all active NCAA D-I coaches.
He has coached three conference Players of the Year, one conference Pitcher of the Year and two conference Freshmen of the Year. In his tenure, 21 different players have been drafted or signed free agent contracts. He has coached 10 All-Americans, including 2011 National Freshman of the Year Daniel Aldrich, Academic All-America First Teamer Matt Leeds, the 2012 Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award winner Marty Gantt and 2014 NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year Bailey Ober.
Since the inception of the BBCOR bats in 2011, the Cougars rank third in the nation in total home runs (222). Over the last three seasons, CofC has also led its conference in staff ERA, setting a new program record with a 2.73 ERA in 2014.
Lee joined the Cougars in 2009 after spending the six seasons as an assistant at South Carolina under head coach Ray Tanner. He served as the Gamecocks' recruiting coordinator in his last season.
In December of 2012, Lee was named one of Baseball America's Top 10 Head Coaches Under 40 in all of college baseball. He was also named to Perfect Game's Top 10 Rising Head Coaches list. In 2014, he reached his 200th career win at College of Charleston, becoming the fastest CofC coach to reach that milestone.
A graduate of the College of Charleston, Lee played baseball for the Cougars and became Charleston’s first position player to be drafted in the MLB Draft. He was in the inaugural induction class of 2004 into the College of Charleston Baseball Wall of Fame.