Virginia University of Lynchburg hires head football coach
Virginia University of Lynchburg introduced 43 year old Don Lee as the school's new athletic director and head football coach Tuesday morning at convocation in Humbles Hall.
Lee, who was the head football coach at Concordia College in Alabama until resigning two weeks ago, is the school's third head football coach in the last four years.
"I build schools. That's what I do," Lee said Tuesday after being introduced to about 50 students, faculty and staff. "I'm excited to get into the community. I want to give back to the community."
Lee, who gave students his personal cell number and email address Tuesday, told them his priority is to build a solid foundation for the college and ensure students graduate.
"Players either love me or hate me," Lee said, adding that he runs a disciplined program that teaches character and integrity.
Lee nike jerseys replaces Luther Palmer, who was named head football coach in October of 2013. Palmer replaced former VUL Athletic Director and head football coach Willard Bailey, who started the football program in 2011. Lee known most recently for rebuilding the Concordia football program after the team lost its equipment and uniforms in a 2013 bus fire learned in January that VUL's athletic program was struggling.
He is excited about the school's mission.
"They picked the right man to clean it up," he said.
Lee created a reputation for himself by moving from college to college, building up football programs and then moving on.
"I am a builder, I like to take things and redo it," Lee told his small audience Tuesday.
Lee said he was interviewed by a four person athletic department committee at VUL and then by the VUL Board of Trustees before being offered the job. He did not disclose his salary.
According to the terms of his agreement with the college, he is required to establish a financially self sustaining athletic department, which must support all athletic programs, faculty and staff.
Lee plans to obtain funding from past supporters of his programs and nike zoom all out low to obtain sponsorships from major athletic companies such as Nike and Adidas.
"I want to see fields built, gyms built, dorms built, 200 and 300 people coming in," Lee said.
The school will continue to offer football although the 2014 season will be abbreviated and men's and women's basketball. The first football game of 2014 will be against Jackson State University in Mississippi and the second against Alcorn State University, also in Mississippi.
The school will start to offer club volleyball and soccer in the fall. Long term, Lee would also like to see softball and nike 6 panel hat track programs added once funding becomes available. He also wants to see the school readmitted into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and obtain membership in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
Lee is currently interviewing coaches for all positions. He has no plans to bring coaches from Concordia College to VUL, although he will be reaching out to other past co workers.
Lee has not hired any former VUL coaches, who were reassigned to other jobs when the college decided to end athletics a few months ago.
Lee has been the head football coach at Concordia College since the third game of its 2012 season.
Following that 6 3 season with the Hornets, he was named United State Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year.
Previously he had served as head coach at his alma mater, Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. He has coached at Belhaven University, Cumberland College, Southwest Baptist University in Missouri and Middle Georgia College.