Lee staying at CofC


By Sara Jane Harris

(WOLO) -- Monte Lee is staying in Charleston.

The former South Carolina assistant coach and current head baseball coach at the College of Charleston will not be the next head baseball coach at Arizona State University.

"I'm happy to be here, happy to be able to move forward," Lee told Charleston ABC affiliate WCIV Tuesday afternoon, adding he was already at his dream job.

Lee was considered to be the top candidate to fill the vacant head coaching position at ASU, but in the end the Sun Devils decided to hire Indiana's Tracy Smith.

"I'm excited for Tracy Smith. He's a great hire, a great coach," said Lee to WCIV.

According to WCIV, ASU did interview Lee, but an offer was not extended.

It is expected that Lee will sign a 7-year contract extension worth a reported $193,000 per year. Lee made around $115,000 last season.

Lee and the Cougars are coming off one of the best seasons in school history with 44 wins and a trip to just the second NCAA Super Regional appearance in school history.

Lee has compiled a 231-130 record as head coach of the Cougars.

In Lee’s six seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, the Cougars averaged more than 38 wins per season and made three NCAA tournament appearances.

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