Robert Lee (basketball)

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Robert Lee
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1968-03-12) March 12, 1968 (age 49)
New Roads, Louisiana
Playing career
1986–1990 Nicholls State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1991 Nicholls State (asst.)
1992–1996 Opelousas HS
1996–2004 Louisiana–Lafayette (asst.)
2004–2010 Louisiana–Lafayette
Head coaching record
Overall 63–99
Accomplishments and honors
Sun Belt West division (2008)

Robert Lee was the head coach for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men's basketball team from 2004-2010.

Coaching career[edit]

Opelousas High School[edit]

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[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Louisiana–Lafayette (Sun Belt Conference) (2004–present)
2004–2005 Louisiana–Lafayette 3–10 0–4 6th (West) vacated
2005–2006 Louisiana–Lafayette 13–16 7–8 T–2nd (West)
2006–2007 Louisiana–Lafayette 9–21 7–11 6th (West)
2007–2008 Louisiana–Lafayette 15–15 11–7 T–1st (West)
2008–2009 Louisiana–Lafayette 10–20 7–11 4th (West)
2009–2010 Louisiana–Lafayette 13–17 10–8 T–3rd (West)
Louisiana–Lafayette: 63–99 42–49
Total: 63–99

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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