Aggies Hire A Defensive Coach

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: January 17, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T State University director of athletics Wheeler Brown has announced the hiring of Alonzo Lee Sr. as the new head football coach.

Lee comes to A&T after spending three seasons as Morgan State University’s defensive coordinator. Over the past two seasons, Lee’s defenses have ranked among the top two in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA).

In 2008, the Bears led the nation in total defense. No team gained more than 350 yards of offense against Morgan State in the last two seasons.

“Alonzo Lee has been an accomplished coordinator and assistant in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for many years,” said Brown. “Lee has proven that he has the ability to win as a head coach. He knows this conference, what it will take to win in the conference, and will bring the needed toughness and discipline our football program has lacked over the past few years.”

MEAC sidelines have been graced by Lee’s presence over the past 25 years. In seven of those seasons, Lee was a part of a MEAC Championship team. At three of the universities where he won championships — Howard, Hampton and A&T — Lee was the assistant head coach. He served as A&T’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach during the 2003-05 seasons.

Lee’s defensive unit helped the Aggies win the 2003 MEAC title. During the 03 season, the Aggies ranked No. 1 in the MEAC in total defense. Nationally, the Aggies defense ranked third in total defense, third in pass defense and sixth in turnover margin. Two years later, the Aggies defense was still strong. They ranked third in pass defense and fourth in sacks in the MEAC.

Prior to coaching at A&T, Lee also served as an assistant at Howard, Florida A&M and Hampton. He won his first MEAC championship as an assistant head coach at Howard in 1987.

Florida A&M won three MEAC titles during Lee’s tenure (1990, 1995, 1996), and Hampton won two (1997, 1998) under the defensive leadership of Lee.

In 1998 as the defensive coordinator at Hampton, Lee was honored as the National Assistant Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I-AA. Three seasons later, he was honored by the All-America Football Foundation as an Outstanding Assistant Coach.

Off the field, Lee maintains a strong reputation as an exceptional leader and strong proponent of student-athletes receiving a quality education. During his time as an assistant coach at A&T, Lee started a gospel choir comprised of Aggie football players that performed for church groups and other community organizations in Greensboro.

“In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Alonzo brings a strong sense of community involvement and academics at the collegiate level. I have known him for many years and he is a man of integrity,” said Brown.