Joe Lee resigns from LCHS girls basketball

Dewey Morgan News-Herald

After 37 years at the school, Lenoir City Girls Head Basketball Coach Joe Lee is stepping down from his post.  "I appreciate everything Coach Lee has done for girls basketball here," Lenoir City Athletic Director Janet McGee said of Lee's lengthy tenure.

The girls' basketball team enjoyed more success than it's had in recent years, winning its first ever Class 3A district tournament game two years ago and finished with an overall mark of 12-13 this past season, its best mark since the 2003 season.

McGee said she was the assistant coach with Lee previously.  "He's worked endless hours, not only with the high school team here, but growing the AAU teams and helping with the city league stuff.  He's lived in the gym for 37 years to try to grow the program and I really appreciate all the work he's done," she said.

McGee said no search for his replacement has begun yet.

Lee resigns at Lenoir City

By Jesse Smithey
Lenoir City High School girls' basketball coach Joe Lee resigned earlier this week.

He coached at Lenoir City for 37 years -- 29 as the head coach. His final team banquet was Tuesday night.

He described his time at Lenoir City as "wonderful."

"I wish to thank the people of Lenoir City for the opportunity to work with their children," said Lee in a text-messaged statement. "I will continue to teach at Lenoir City."

Lee won three district and four region titles as coach. Seven of his teams made the state sectionals. One reached the state tournament.