C.J. Lee joined the staff of Mike Maker as an assistant coach on July 17, 2014. Lee is in his third season with the Red Foxes in 2016-17. He is involved in the Red Foxes' recruiting efforts and on-campus activities.
Lee had spent the previous four seasons on the staff of Head Coach John Beilein at the University of Michigan. This past season, he served as Director of Program Personnel. From 2010-13, Lee was the program’s Administrative Specialist. Within these positions, Lee served as the point person for student-athlete business, making sure each student-athlete had what he needed to be successful on and off the court. As Director of Program Personnel, Lee served as the highest-ranking staffer outside of the coaching staff.
Lee comes to Marist with experience in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Manhattan from 2004-06, and was part of the Jaspers’ 2005-06 MAAC regular-season championship and Postseason NIT team. He then transferred to Michigan, where he played from 2007-09. As a co-captain on the 2008-09 team, Lee helped lead the Wolverines to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.
Lee played in a total of 103 collegiate games, including 67 at Michigan. He joined the Wolverines as a walk-on, and earned a second semester scholarship in the 2007-08 season. Lee registered an assist-to-turnover ratio of better than 2-to-1 in two seasons as a Wolverine (99 assists, 44 turnovers), and shot .365 from three-point range as a senior.
Lee was named a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner, and was one of 10 recipients of the Michigan Daily Student of the Year honor. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Lee earned several honors from the program, including the Thad Garner Leadership Award twice, the Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 2009 and the Steve Grote Hustle Award in 2008.
Lee earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan in 2008, and completed his master’s in public policy from Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2010.
Born in Saginaw, Mich., Lee spent much of his childhood in Lansing, Mich., until moving to New York State as a teenager and prepped at Pittsford Sutherland High School, earning varsity letters in basketball and football.
Lee is married to Dr. Jocelyn R. Smith Lee.