Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lee named assistant coach at Gardner-Webb


Former Kansas University guard Mike Lee, who this past year served as a graduate assistant under Bill Self, accepted a job on Tuesday to become an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Gardner-Webb, which made news early last season by upsetting Kentucky 84-68 in Lexington, returns four starters from a 16-16 squad that made the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals for the third time in four years.

"We were very impressed with Michael's knowledge of the game, and his interview was outstanding," said GWU coach Rick Scruggs. "Obviously, this is a young man who had the unique honor of playing and learning under two of the top coaches in the college game in Roy Williams and Bill Self - so it came as no surprise that Michael's base of knowledge was so strong. He comes highly recommended as a coach and person, and we feel he can have a very strong influence on our student-athletes and basketball program."

For more on this story, log back onto and pick up Wednesday's Journal-World.


Jonathan Allison 11 years, 6 months ago

or at least tied it, werent we 12 of 30 or something like that

Joe Ross 11 years, 6 months ago

jayhawkgolden...youre right. it was warrick!

kansaspike 11 years, 6 months ago

Hey, from now on....if we're talking about a shot, let's talk about "the shot"!!!!!!!!!!!!Anybody seen a mock NBA draft lately? C'mon back Super Mario!!!!!

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 6 months ago

Mike Lee is da bomb. Such a gorgeous looking guy and so proper and fit. Yummy.

jayhawkliz 11 years, 6 months ago

Congrats M. LEE. I know you will do well and make us proud!

fundamental 11 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for reminding all of us, jross1972 adn jayhawkgolden. Strangely, though, the thought of that event isn't nearly as painful as it was, say 2 months ago. Weird, huh?

lance1jhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Congrats Mike! Its always nice to see a Jayhawk fly the coup to make a name for himself. Make us proud.

Jonathan Allison 11 years, 6 months ago

Well, there was nothing more he could have done on that shot. He put it up and now he at least can tell the world that it WAS going in. I suppose he could have put up a shot fake, but Warrick came out of nowhere with that long body for the block.Hopefully he doesn't feel too guilty for that... after all if we had even made 50% of our free throws we'd have won that game.

tis4tim 11 years, 6 months ago

A very deserving individual. Nice going, Mike.

hometownhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Mike Lee is one of those guys like Simien or D.Jackson that are just all-around good people and nice to everyone they meet. Hope to see him coaching back in Lawrence someday.

hawkfan4life 11 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, that shot got blocked by Hakim Warrick though...the dude came out of nowhere. I and everyone else in the superdome knew that shot was good cause he had the perfect look and the perfect form. Horrible memory for him to discuss and I am sure people remind him of it often. When we lived in the towers he could never get away from the questions about that shot. I wish Mike the very best because he truly does deserve it, he is humble and he is a genuinely good guy.

Jonathan Allison 11 years, 6 months ago

It's hard to think of Michael Lee as Coach Lee. This is great news though. He's been great for KU, and he will continue to represent KU well in his career as a coach. I just hope he doesn't end up coaching at UNC Chapel Hill.

kltbadboyz 11 years, 6 months ago

Does this mean Jeremy Case will be the next grad assistant?

Joe Ross 11 years, 6 months ago

I got to talk to Michael Lee after the Nebraska game in Lincoln last year. We spent a bit of the discussion talking about that shot that got blocked by Carmelo Anthony. He said the shot felt good when it left his hands and that he was "sure" it was going to go in because of the look he got. He reminded me that Kirk Hinrich had another shot after him, though!I used to call Michael Lee "Stagger Lee" after a famous 50s song by Lloyd Price I believe. Stagger rhymed with "dagger" and Michael developed quite an outside shot late in his Kansas career. That guy's made of some pretty stern stuff!Best of luck, Michael! Do us proud.

justanotherfan 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad to hear he finally got a break into coaching. Hopefully this will turn into a long and succesful career for Mike.

hometownhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure he loves when people ask him about it though. It's not as painful for US. I doubt the pain will fade that much for him.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.