Clyde Lee (American football)

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Clyde Lee
Clyde Lee as Houston head coach.jpg
Lee, c. 1952
Playing career
1930–1932 Centenary
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1932–1935 Overton HS (TX)
1935–1941 Kilgore
1945–1947 Tulsa (assistant)
1948–1954 Houston
Head coaching record
Overall 37–32–2 (college)
57–10–5 (junior college)
Bowls 1–0
Accomplishments and honors
3 Texas Junior College Conference (1936, 1939, 1941)
1 MVC (1952)

Clyde Lee was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Houston from 1948 to 1954, guiding the Cougars to a 37–32–2 record. Lee played his college career at Centenary College from 1930 to 1932 under Homer Norton.[1] Among his college teammates was Lovette Hill, who later served as his colleague at Houston on his coaching staff and as head baseball coach for the school.

After his college playing career, Lee served as head coach for several sports including football to Overton High School in Overton, Texas.[1] He was paid $90 a month, taught five math classes, a history class, and coached for four sports without an assistant. In three seasons, his record was 28–3–2. Lee then moved into his first college coaching job as head coach for Kilgore College where he compiled a 57–10–5 record before entering the United States Navy. Upon leaving the armed services, he coached at the University of Tulsa under Buddy Brothers for two years.

At Houston, Lee was credited with improving the strength of the Cougars' schedules. This began during the 1949 season, when Houston played its first major opponent, William & Mary. He led the Cougars to their first bowl berth, and a conference championship in 1952. During his first season, less than 100 season tickets were sold by the Cougars, but by 1952, over 10,000 were sold.

After retiring from coaching, Lee moved to Freeport, Texas, and became a regular at Cougars home games.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Junior college[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kilgore Rangers (Texas Junior College Conference) (1935–1941)
1935 Kilgore 5–3–2
1936 Kilgore 10–1 1st
1937 Kilgore 9–2–1
1938 Kilgore 8–1–1
1939 Kilgore 10–0 1st
1940 Kilgore 7–2–1
1941 Kilgore 8–1 1st
Kilgore: 57–10–5
Total: 57–10–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches#
Houston Cougars (Lone Star Conference) (1948)
1948 Houston 5–6 3–3 4th
Houston Cougars (Gulf Coast Conference) (1949)
1949 Houston 5–4–1 1–2 3rd
Houston Cougars (Independent) (1950)
1950 Houston 4–6
Houston Cougars (Missouri Valley Conference) (1951–1954)
1951 Houston 6–5 2–2 4th W Salad
1952 Houston 8–2 3–0 1st 19
1953 Houston 4–4–1 1–2 3rd
1954 Houston 5–5 3–1 2nd
Houston: 37–32–2
Total: 37–32–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ a b Wizig, Jerry (1977). Eat 'Em Up Cougars: Houston Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publisher. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-87397-122-5. 
  2. ^ Wizig, Jerry (1977). Eat 'Em Up Cougars: Houston Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publisher. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-87397-122-5. 

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