Paul Lee, who is rated among the top assistant coaches in the country by Basketball Times, is entering his sixth season as an assistant coach at Marist, and first on Jeff Bower's staff.
This past season, Lee helped two Red Foxes - Adam Kemp and Chavaughn Lewis - earn All-MAAC honors. It marked the first time Marist had two All-MAAC honorees since the 2006-07 season.
Prior to his arrival in Poughkeepsie, Lee spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for Northwestern. He also has 10 years of experience as an assistant at Columbia University -- his alma mater -- including the last six as the Lions' top assistant and recruiting coordinator.
Lee played for the Lions from 1982-86 and was a captain of the 1985-86 squad. He received the Walter H. Bernson Memorial Trophy, given to the Columbia basketball player who exemplifies spirit, hustle and determination. He graduated from Columbia in 1986 with a degree in American history.
Prior to his coaching stint at Columbia, he served as a graduate assistant at Monmouth (N.J.) College for two years. The Hawks compiled a 32-25 overall record and reached the finals of the Northeast Conference tournament in 1990.
Before that, Lee worked as a Eurodollar money broker for Bierbaum Martin, Inc. He was also the assistant coach for varsity basketball and head coach of junior varsity baseball at Hudson Catholic High in Jersey City, N.J., his alma mater.
Lee and his wife, Beth, have three children -- Tucker, Connor and Morgan.