BCLUW’s Lee inducted to Coaches Hall of Fame

DES MOINES – Through changes and mergers, one name remained a constant in the emergence of BCLUW – David Lee.

The Danbury native was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Saturday during halftime of the Class 4A boys basketball state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena.

Lee’s instrumental tenure started at Conrad in 1973, before the school district became Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb the following year. During the next three years as BCL, Lee led the boys basketball team to three straight Sectional Championships, a conference title and a 144-117 record.

The school’s next merger with Union Whitten in 1986-87 coincided with one of Lee’s biggest accomplishments as he led the team to a conference title and the first-ever state tournament appearance for both BCL and UW. The winning tradition continued as Lee directed the Comets to a combined record of 184-102, three conference titles and eight district final appearances over the next 13 years.

The Comets returned to the state tournament with a fourth-place finish in 1998, before Lee retired from teaching and coaching basketball at BCLUW in 2003. Lee manned the helm at South Hardin for three years (2007-09) to conclude his basketball coaching with a career mark of 428-306.

A charter member of the IBCA from its beginning until 1975, Lee also was a two-time District Coach of the Year and nine-time Conference Coach of the Year.

Lee’s excellence and contributions also carried off the court where he was the BCLUW athletic director for 18 years and head softball coach for 36. As skipper of the Comets, he won back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010, brought four teams to the state tournament and compiled a record of 931-521.

Lee entered the IGCA Hall of Fame in softball in 2003 and was the NFHS Coaches Association Sectional Softball Coach of the Year in 2008 and Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

Preceding his time at BCLUW, Lee made an imprint in athletics early as a three-sport standout in baseball, basketball and track at Danbury High School before graduating in 1961.

During his senior year at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., Lee made his coaching debut with the Academy team there his senior year – directing the squad to its first state tournament in school history.

After graduation, Lee moved to Pomeroy in 1967 where along with teaching he was head coach in basketball and track as well as an assistant on the football team. After a 8-28 mark in his first two seasons, Lee engineered a 48-12 turnaround over the next three seasons including a pair of Bo-Coon Conference Championships – the first two for the program.

An open house celebration will be held at the BCLUW commons today from 2-5 p.m.