Fall Report: Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. — Monte Lee knows he’s sitting on a gold mine. Over the last two years, Lee’s College of Charleston club was the best team in the state of South Carolina. He’s used to winning, and the CofC alum wasn’t going to leave for just any job. But at Clemson, he might have landed one of the best jobs in college baseball — especially since he inherited a gorgeous, brand-new $9 million facility that houses a first-class clubhouse, coaches’ offices, player’s lounges and other amenities. Every piece is in place for Lee to attract marquee recruits and win very big at Clemson.

“It is a dream setup. For me to be at Clemson, obviously it was a destination job,” Lee said. “It’s the kind of place where I hope to be for the rest of my career. I would never have left my alma mater, that gave me a chance to be a head coach at a young age, if it wasn’t a destination job. So I’m awfully lucky to be here. Great facilities, great tradition. You have all the resources here to be successful.”

It’s reasonable to expect some growing pains in 2016, as Clemson lost its entire weekend rotation and returns few innings on the mound. The future is very bright, but Lee is still focused on the present, and he thinks his Tigers are talented enough to be competitive this year.


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