MINSTER — Mike Lee has stepped down after 23 seasons as head coach of the Minster High School boys basketball team, it was announced this morning.
Lee leaves the position as the school’s all-time winningest coach in boys basketball, with 314 victories.
Under his leadership, Minster teams won 12 sectional titles, six district championships, and won the regional tournament and played in the state semifinals in 2005.
“I just think the timing is right,” said Lee this morning. “The program is not dry by any means. Our freshmen, JVs and lower levels were all successful.
“Twenty-three years in one position is a long time,” he said. “But it’s been very good in terms of support. From past players and the community, the support has been top-notch. I told our underclassmen this morning that I was going to be their biggest fan, just from a different perspective.”
Lee started out coaching junior high basketball at Continental before landing a job at Anna High School. He spent eight years as an assistant to then head coach Mike Muehlfeld, who he called “an outstanding mentor.”
When Muehlfeld stepped down, Lee remained on for two more years before taking the position at Minster, and he’s been there ever since.
He is currently the Minster High School principal, and he will continue in that position.
Mike Lee’s career
Victories — 314, school’s all-time leader
Sectional titles (12) — 1994, 1996, 1998, 200, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2016.
District title (6) — 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2011
Regional titles (state semifinalist) — 2005