Brian Lee
Brian Lee
Previous College: Furman (1993)
Position: Head Coach
Brian Lee enters his 11th year at the helm of the Furman women's soccer program in 2004. Lee, who started the team from scratch in 1994, has transformed the women's soccer program into a consistent national power as is evidenced by Lee's 130-71-10 career record.

Lee guided Furman to a 15-5-2 overall mark, 10-0-1 league record and its fifth straight Southern Conference regular season crown in 2003. Furman made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons in 2002 as the Lady Paladins finished the season 16-6-1.

The Lady Paladins reached a new level of success beginning with the 1999 and 2000 campaigns - seasons that each concluded with 20-3 records. Over that two year span, Furman produced the fourth best record in the nation, advanced to two NCAA Tournaments, won two Southern Conference regular season championships, and tallied an 18-0 SoCon regular season mark.

Lee's career is turning heads not only in the Southern Conference, but regionally and nationally as well. During the 2000 season, Furman was the third most prolific scoring team in the nation, finished with the fourth best record in the country, and had the nation's leading scorer in freshman Emily Turgeon. Furman earned its first-ever national ranking that season and finished the regular season 13th in the nation in one poll.

After an opening campaign of 4-14 in 1994, Lee has steadily built the program to where it is today. Furman won its first SoCon title in just the program's second season and achieved its first winning record in 1997. Since 1997, Furman has tallied a 109-38-6 (.732) record.

Furman's success has also brought recognition to Lee, who earned Southern Conference coach-of-the-year honors for the fifth time in 2002, was named NSCAA Southeast Region coach-of-the-year in 1999, and was a finalist for the national coach-of-the-year award in 1999.

Lee, a 1993 graduate of Furman University with a degree in political science, is no stranger to the winning ways of a soccer team.

A member of the Furman men's team from 1988-92, Lee was a part of three Southern Conference soccer titles and was chosen team captain and Most Valuable Player. In addition, Lee helped lead Furman to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, where the Paladins picked up a 1-0 win over Wake Forest in round one before dropping a 4-1 decision to North Carolina State in the tournament's second round.

Though he is only in his 11th year as a college coach, Lee can already claim 53 all-conference players, 27 Southern Conference all-tournament selections, 24 Southern Conference Players-of-the Week, four Players-of-the-Year, five league Freshmen-of-the-Year, five coach-of-the-year awards, and one league athlete-of-the-year. As a testament to Lee and Furman's commitment to excellence in the classroom, 122 Lady Paladins have been selected to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, including 83 in the last five years.

Furman has also started to make an impression on the regional and national level as Kaye Brownlee earned consensus All-America honors in 1999 and was a first team scholar-athlete All American in 2000 and 2001. In addition to Brownlee, Melissa Turner and Katie Carson were also selected as scholar-athlete All-Americans in 2001 giving Furman the most scholar-athlete All-Americans of any school in the nation. Carson was named to the scholar-athlete All-America team again in 2002.

In addition to his experience as a college athlete and 10 years at the helm of the Lady Paladin program, Lee has gained valuable experience as head coach of the South Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) 1991 team and as assistant coach of the 1987 Region III squad. Lee also directs the Brian Lee Soccer Academy, a summer soccer camp held at Furman University.

Lee, 33, was born in Cheltenham, England, on May 14, 1971. He enjoys playing basketball as well as spending time with his wife, the former Nancy Repsher, a 1993 Furman graduate. The couple has a one-year old son Aidan.