Robert Lee (basketball)
March 12, 1968 |
New Roads, Louisiana
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1990–1991||Nicholls State (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Sun Belt West division (2008)|
Opelousas High School
Lee joined the Ragin’ Cajuns basketball program during the summer of 1996 after serving four years as head coach at nearby Opelousas High School. Lee guided OHS to four consecutive 20-win seasons including a 29-5 mark in his year in 1995-96, which also included a berth in the state Class 4A quarterfinals. He was named the District 5-4A Coach of the Year for those efforts.
Lee also directed the Tigers to the state quarterfinals one year earlier in 1994-95 with a 29-8 record, when he was named St. Landry Parish’s Coach of the Year for the second straight year. The first of those honors came in the 1993-94 season when Opelousas High advanced to the Top 28 state tournament and compiled a 31-6 record.
He began his prep coaching career in 1992-93 at OHS where he guided the Tigers to the bi-district playoffs and a 20-10 record. He was named the Coach of the Year on the All-Acadiana team by the Lafayette Daily Advertiser that season, and the successes of the next three years gave him a career-prep record of 109-29 (.790) including four straight playoff appearances.
Before launching his coaching career at Opelousas High, Lee served for one year as a student assistant at Nicholls State in 1990-91 under head coach Ricky Broussard.
Robert Lee was the assistant coach of the basketball team for many years before he received the opportunity to become the head coach. He was denied the head job twice before he was finally promoted when the head coach at the time (Glynn Cyprien) was fired for using fraudulent credentials in 2004.
During his tenure at Louisiana–Lafayette, Lee has been a part of a program which has advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals in six of the last seven seasons, won the Sun Belt Tournament in 2000, advanced to the NCAA Tournament once and the NIT twice, while claiming two Sun Belt West Division championships.
In working with the Louisiana–Lafayette backcourt, Lee helped guide two Cajun guards into career 1,000-point members and shaped Antoine Landry into a career year during his senior season. Lee worked with Blane Harmon and Brad Boyd, both of whom joined the 1,000-point club. In the 2003-04 season, Boyd became the Cajuns’ all-time leader in three-point field goals made.
Head coaching record
|Louisiana–Lafayette (Sun Belt Conference) (2004–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion