Oct. 11, 2004
Columbia, S.C. – University of South Carolina assistant baseball coach Monte Lee was inducted over the weekend as an inaugural member of the College of Charleston Wall of Fame at Patriots Point Stadium. Lee lettered at College of Charleston from 1996-99.
Coach Lee is in his third season on the staff of head coach Ray Tanner at South Carolina and works with the outfielders and hitters as well as serving as first base coach. As a member of the College of Charleston, Lee played against the Gamecocks several times during his career as a four-year starting outfielder. Lee experienced one of his best offensive games of his career vs. USC as well on Feb. 6, 1999 when he drove in all of the College of Charleston runs with three homers in a 5-4 loss to South Carolina and former USC pitcher Kip Bouknight.
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 four in games played. Lee also finished his career with a .333 batting average.
Before coming to South Carolina, Lee previously served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Spartanburg Methodist Junior College from 2001-2002. Lee was also an assistant in 2001 for the South Carolina Diamond Devils AAU team as well as head coach in 2002.