Monte Lee enters his sixth season as assistant baseball coach on Ray Tanner's staff and his first year as recruiting coordinator. Lee also works with the outfielders and hitters during practice and has been Camp Coordinator for the Ray Tanner baseball camps in both the summer and winter.
While at South Carolina, Lee has helped lead the Gamecock hitters to be among the best in the country and the nation. The 2007 squad led all Division I schools in home runs with 113 round trippers and batted .301 as a team. The team also averaged 7.9 runs per game, the ninth highest mark in the country.
Four different offensive players earned All-SEC honors including first baseman Justin Smoak, second baseman Travis Jones, third baseman James Darnell and designated hitter Phil Disher. Disher and Smoak each earned All-America honors as well.
Lee has worked closely with the offense since joining the South Carolina staff in the fall of 2002 and has helped to produce 13 MLB Draft selections in his five seasons with the Garnet & Black. Included among that group are MLB players Brian Buscher, Kevin Melillo and Steve Pearce. All three, along with former catcher Landon Powell, are on 40-man MLB rosters for the start of the 2008 season.
He was no stranger to Sarge Frye Field when he joined the South Carolina staff in the fall of 2002. Lee played against the Gamecocks several times during his career, 1996-99, as a four-year starting outfielder at the College of Charleston. He experienced perhaps his best offensive game Feb. 6, 1999 when he drove in all of the College of Charleston runs with three home runs in a 5-4 loss to South Carolina.
Monte Lee played in 206 games during his career at College of Charleston from 1996 to 1999 before being the first position player drafted in school history by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 39th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. He earned all-district academic honors in 1999 and tallied 240 career hits, scored 156 runs, added 50 doubles, six triples, 22 homers, 150 RBI with 88 walks and 66 stolen bases. Coach Lee ranks first on the school's all-time list for RBI as well as second in doubles and total bases, third in at bats, fourth in runs scored and fourth in games played. Lee also finished his career with a .33 batting average. In the Fall of 2004, Lee was inducted as an inaugural member of the College of Charleston Wall of Fame at Patriots Point.
Lee was drafted in the 39th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999 and played that summer with the New Jersey Cardinals in the New York-Penn League. He signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers the following year (2000) and played at Savannah of the South Atlantic League where he was a teammate of former Gamecock outfielder Adam Poe.
A graduate of the College of Charleston, Lee began his coaching career as an assistant for two seasons, 2001-02, at Spartanburg Methodist Junior College. The 2001 Spartanburg Methodist club reached the NJCAA College World Series and the 2002 team set a school record with 51 wins in a season. During summers of those two yeras he also worked with the South Carolina Diamond Devils AAU team, as an assistant in 2001 and as head coach in 2002.
Born Monte Wesley Lee II, Feb. 9, 1977, in Spartanburg, Lee graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 1995. He was a four year baseball letterman in high school and also played football for two seasons.
Lee and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Madeliene, born Feb. 15, 1996, and Shelby, born April 29, 1999.