JACKSON (JSUTigers.com) – Alonzo Lee, one of the best defensive minds in Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA), has been named by head football coach Harold Jackson as Jackson State’s defensive coordinator on Monday.
“I am excited to welcome Alonzo Lee as our new defensive coordinator,” said Jackson. “His years of championship level experience will make him a tremendous addition to our staff.”
Over his career, Lee has proven that defense wins championships and he has won seven MEAC titles at four different schools. At two of the schools – North Carolina A&T and Hampton – Lee served as the defensive coordinator.
Lee has been defensive coordinator at Morgan State (2011-12, 2007-09), North Carolina A&T (2003-06), and Hampton (1997-03). During his first stint as defensive coordinator at Morgan State, Lee defenses ranked among the top two in the FCS. In 2008, the Bears led the nation in total defense.
In 2003, Lee’s defensive unit helped lead North Carolina A&T to win the 2003 MEAC Championship. The Aggies finished as the league’s No. 1 defense, and ranked in the NCAA (I-AA) in the following categories: third in the nation in total defense, third in pass defense, sixth in turnovers gained and 15th in scoring defense. Two years later, the Aggies defense ranked third in pass defense, forth in sacks and fourth in third down conversions.
Prior to coaching at A&T, Lee served as an assistant coach at Howard, Florida A&M and Hampton. He won his first MEAC championship as an assistant head coach at Howard in 1987. FAMU won three MEAC titles during Lee’s tenure (199-, 1995, 1996), and Hampton won two (1997, 1998) under the leadership of Lee as defensive coordinator.
In 1998 as Hampton’s defensive coordinator, Lee was honored as the National Assistant Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I-AA. Three years later he was honored by the All-America Football Foundation as an Outstanding Assistant Coach.
Off the field, Lee maintains a strong reputation as an exceptional leader and strong proponent of student-athletes receiving a quality education. From 2012 to the present, Lee has served as the Baltimore City representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A native of Washington, DC, Lee graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, DC. In 1997 former Hampton head coach Joe Taylor at Eastern Illinois, where he participated in two NCAA Division II National Championship games, winning one in 1978. He was a three-year captain and led the team in tackles and was selected as an All-American as a senior. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 1982.
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