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Lee to step aside as Night Hawks Baseball coach

Thomas University announced today that Mike Lee will step down from his post as Head Baseball Coach after 21 seasons. Lee has also been the school’s Athletic Director for the past 19 years and will remain in that role for the Night Hawks.

“It has been a great honor to coach the young men I have been fortunate to recruit over the years, and I owe them a debt of gratitude for allowing me to fulfill my dream of coaching baseball for a living,” Lee said. “With the growth of our university and athletic department over the past few years, I felt it was time to concentrate on the full development of the entire athletic program. That is difficult to do with the time required to coach baseball as well. I have poured my heart and soul into this. I will miss it, but I think my time and efforts will be of more use to the university as a full time administrator.”

Lee joined Thomas University as the baseball coach after completing a master’s degree at Valdosta State in June 1996. He led the Night Hawks to two regional appearances in 1999 and 2007, as well as four Association of Independent Institutions tournaments, and three Sun Conference Tournament bids. He finishes his coaching career with a record of 491-496-2.

“I am grateful to Mike for accepting the position as Athletic Director,” said Dr. Andy Sheppard, TU President. “I believe he has a solid vision for TU athletics that will benefit our students, conference, coaches and our community.”

Randy Adams will replace Lee as Head Coach. Adams played for the Night Hawks from 2009 to 2011 and has been the Head Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach for the past five seasons.

 “I have complete faith in Randy’s abilities as a coach and a leader of young men,” Lee said. “He has worked tirelessly over the past few years to make this a better program, and I believe he will do a fantastic job for the university. I look forward to watching him develop as a coach and teacher in the years to come.”

The Night Hawks finished the 2017 campaign with a 25-33 record, and a fifth place finish in the Sun Conference Tournament.

“It certainly didn't end the way we would have liked, but I see some really exciting things coming with a fresh voice leading the team,” Lee said. “It is a good time for change with such a big senior class, and I think the returners have a good foundation to build on. I am sure Coach Adams will do a great job for our athletes.”

Lee and Adams will assume their new duties full-time beginning June 1.

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