Coach Dodd Lee completed a legendary championship career as head football coach and athletic director who led football programs at Bay High, East Central, and Picayune. Born in Hattiesburg, Coach Lee graduated from Picayune High and earned degrees from Pearl River CC and Southern Miss. He started a remarkable 39-year coaching career in 1981 when he returned to his alma mater at Picayune to work as an assistant football coach. In 1988, he moved to Bay St. Louis as an assistant and then as head coach of Bay High. He arrived in Hurley in 1990 to take over as head coach at East Central and led his teams to four playoff appearances in six seasons. He returned to Picayune in 1996 where he would lead the Maroon Tide football program for the next 24 years. He guided his Picayune football squads to 11 district crowns, five appearances in the South State finals, 2 South State runner-up finishes, 3 South State championships, and two Class 5A state championships in 2011 and 2013. During his career, he coached in 369 games with 267 wins and 102 losses for an amazing 72% winning mark. Thirteen of his football teams compiled 10 or more wins during his tenure. He was selected as Division Coach of the Year 10 times and as the MAC Football Coach of the Year in 2012. Coach Lee was a two-time MAC 5A Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013 and he was a three-time Sun Herald Coach of the Year in 2006, 2011, and 2013. He was named the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Football Foundation Coach of the Year three times in 1994, 2007, and 2011. He served as an assistant coach in 1994 and as head coach in 2010 in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic. Coach Lee was an assistant coach in the 2004 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic. An amazing 24 of his former players have entered the coaching ranks. He served his profession as a clinic speaker for the MAC, the Gulf Coast Coaches’ Clinic and at Pearl River CC. In addition to his head coaching duties, Dodd served as athletic director at Picayune for 15 years from 1996 to 2010. In 2021, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Pearl River CC.
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