Report: Arizona State eyes CofC's Monte Lee for coaching spot
OMAHA (WCIV) -- After a stellar season that took the College of Charleston to a Super Regional for only the second time in school history, head coach Monte Lee's name is popping up in reports that he's being considered for other jobs.
According to Baseball America writer Aaron Fitt, Lee will be interviewing in Phoenix sometime next week. If the reports are true, it would be a huge opportunity for Lee.
Arizona State is a member of the Pac-12 and has the highest win percentage (.681) in the conference. The school also sports an NCAA best 51 consecutive 30-win season record. In the school's history, ASU baseball has been ranked No. 1 five times, in the Top 5 22 times, and in the Top 10 27 times.
The program also has five national titles.
Lee said in a phone interview Saturday night that he was declining all comments on the rumors out of Arizona out of respect for the process.
Arizona State last week let go its head coach, Tim Esmay, after five years. He leaves the program with a 201-94-1 record, but ended the 2014 season at 33-24 with a winless elimination from the NCAA regional.
Lee, on the other hand, picked up 44 wins this season and guided the Cougars to a Super Regional against Texas Tech. They lost a pair of games 1-0 and were sent home.
Arizona Republic's Jeff Metcalfe said he though Lee could be a nice fit for the ASU program, but he thought the Cougars' chief's name might be a bit off the radar in the ASU athletic director's office.
Lee is considered one of the top young coaches in college baseball. Under his guidance, the College has made appearances in NCAA regionals twice, one Super Regional appearance, and a 231-130 record.