A veteran coach with more than 40 years of experience, Bill Dee finished coached his fifth season at Old Dominion in 2015 and fourth with the offensive line.
Dee supervised an offensive line that battled injuries throughout the 2015 season and saw eight different starting combinations and didn't start the same group for two consecutive weeks until the eighth week of the season. The line led the way for Ray Lawry to become ODU's first 1,000 yard rusher as he rushed for more than 100-yard six times and backup running back Jeremy Cox rushed for 98 yards in the 31-21 win over UTEP.
Dee coached the offensive line for the second-straight season in 2014, helping center Josh Mann earn First-Team All-Conference USA accolades and left guard Tyler Fisher honorable mention all-conference honors.
Mann received a tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The offensive line helped ODU rush for 149.4 yards per game and 442 yards of offense per game and 32.7 points.
The group was solid up front despite a rash of injuries that saw the Monarchs use a different lineup for the first four games of the season, and five different lineups on the year. Nine different players started at least one game, with center Josh Mann the only player start every game.
Dee returned to coaching the offensive line in 2013 as the offensive line paved the way for an ODU offense that scored 42.3 points per game. The offense averaged 519 yards of total offense per game and 359.4 passing yards per game.
ODU started seniors Jack Lowney, D.J. Morrell and David Born up front, until Born missed the final six games due to an inury. Tyler Fisher became the first true freshman in ODU's five years of football to start on the offensive line. Morrell and Lowney received FBS All-Independent recognition from Phil Steele and the Roanoke Times.
Morrell spent the entire 2014 season on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad.
In 2012, Dee was the acting Defensive Coordinator for the Monarchs. The Monarchs finished in the top-20 nationally in red zone defense and sacks. ODU recorded 37 sacks on the year good enough for sixth best in the country and finished 16th in the country in red zone defense. He also coached the defensive line, as Dominique Guinn-Bailey earned CAA All-Conference honors.
Dee joined the coaching staff in the spring of 2011 and patroled the sidelines overseeing the offensive line. The Monarchs garnered a 10-3 overall mark, its first ever national ranking, finished the season at No. 10 in the country and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs.
In ODU’s first season in the Colonial Athletic Association, considered by many the top FCS conference in the nation, the Monarch offensive line helped the team top the league standings in scoring offense and rank fifth nationally at 36.69 points per game. Additionally, the offensive line helped the team rank first in CAA in total offense and ranked 10th in the country racking up 439.08 yards each time the Monarchs took the field and rank third among all conference schools and 18th in the country gaining 270.92 yards of passing offense.
Under Dee’s leadership, Jeremy Hensley, the Monarchs’ center, was a Third Team All-CAA honoree.
Dee joined the Monarchs after a two-year stint at Division III Christopher Newport in Newport News where he coached the inside linebackers and defensive line. The Captains won the 2010 USA South Conference title and competed in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
A legendary high school coach in Virginia, Dee led Hampton-based Phoebus to four state championships and compiled a 243-76-1 record during his 24-year career. Capturing a .761 winning percentage, he helped the Phantoms to nine district and seven regional championships in addition to his four state titles.
In his final game, Phoebus defeated Dinwiddie, 37-13, at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium in 2008, completing a 15-0 season. His team ended ranked #3 in the nation by Rivals.com.
Beginning his coaching career at Greene High School in New York, Dee served as the defensive coordinator for four seasons before moving to the Hampton Roads region and spending a year at Denbigh High School in a similar capacity. Dee’s first head coaching job was at Southhampton High School from 1981-1984 before his illustrious 24-year career at Phoebus.
Dee is a 1975 Mansfield State graduate where he played four seasons at offensive guard.
The Dee File:
Birthdate: April 6, 1953
College: Mansfield State '75
Family: Wife - Margaret; Son- William (24); Daughter - Katie (7)
Primary: All (Defensive Prospects) Virginia - 757 (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk) Peninsula
Auxiliary: Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia
2013 - Present: Old Dominion University - Offensive Line
2012 - Present: Old Dominion University - Acting Defensive Coordinator
2011: Old Dominion University - Offensive Line
2009 - 2010: Christopher Newport University - Inside Linebackers
1985 - 2008: Phoebus High School - Head Coach
1981 - 1984: Southampton High School - Head Coach
1979 - 1980: Denbigh High School - Defensive Coordinator
1975 - 1979 : Greene High School (N.Y.) - Defensive Coordinator
All-Conference Monarchs Under Coach Dee:
2014: Josh Mann - First-Team All-Conference USA
2014: Tyler Fisher - Honorable Mention Conference USA
2011: Jeremy Hensley - Third Team All-CAA
“Coach Dee will be back where he started with our staff as the offensive line coach. I know we will continue to improve under his leadership.”