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Release: Feb. 28, 2000

Hawkeye women's basketball coach Angie Lee announces her resignation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Angie Lee, University of Iowa's head women's basketball coach for the last five seasons, announced her resignation at a press conference today (Monday, Feb. 28). Lee, affiliated with the University of Iowa for 20 years, will leave her post effective May 1.

Since taking the helm of the women's basketball program in 1995, Lee has led the Hawkeyes to two Big Ten regular season championships and one Big Ten tournament championship. In her first year as head coach (1995-1996), Lee led the Hawkeyes to a 27-4 record that included a Big 10 conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. As a result, Lee was named Associated Press Coach of the Year, Converse/WBCA District IV Coach of the Year, Big Ten Coach of the Year, and College Sports Magazine Coach of the Year. In 1996-1997, Lee's team won the Big Ten Tournament championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The following year her team again won the Big 10 title, advanced to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament, and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to guiding the Hawkeyes, Lee has been actively involved in United States Basketball. In 1998, Lee was an assistant for the United States Jones Cup Team and a scout for the United States National Team at the World and European Championships.

"Over the last 10 seasons, it has been my privilege to share a vision of excellence with outstanding young women who are determined to excel both on and off the court," said Lee.

Lee first came to Iowa as a freshman in 1980 and except for a brief two-year hiatus at Western Illinois University, never left. For nearly 20 years Lee has donned the black and gold and shaped the lives of student-athletes, coaching peers, and teammates and vice versa. "The University of Iowa has shaped me as a person," said Lee. "I love the university and its commitment to excellence in education, and in my heart I will always be a Hawkeye.

"It is my affection and respect for Iowa that has led me to this decision. Change is needed in order for Hawkeye women's basketball to resume its rightful position as one of the leading programs in the nation. At a time like this, you either try harder or you walk away. I am confident my decision will, indeed, prompt change," she said. "I thank God for helping me close this door, and I look forward to the ones He will help me open in the future."

Dr. Christine H. B. Grant, director of women's athletics, said, "It was heartwrenching for me to accept the resignation of Angie Lee as our basketball coach because Angie has been an integral part of our family for twenty years…. as a student-athlete, as a graduate assistant, as an assistant coach and as head coach. To all positions, she brought her unquenchable enthusiasm, her fiery drive and her indefatigable work ethic. No one could have given more than Angie, especially in her role as head coach. She will be so sorely missed by all in the department, but most critically by her student-athletes who love her for everything she values and stands for.

"Angie is a wonderful young woman with many talents, and we all should be very proud of her accomplishments thus far in her young career. We are particularly proud that she is a graduate of the University of Iowa and proud that she is our friend. We are all blessed for having known and worked with her."

Ann Rhodes, vice president of university relations, said, "I think the world of Angie. She is enormously talented and it has been my privilege to know her and to work with her."