Brownsville, Texas – The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) announces today the selection of Kelley Lee to athletic coordinator for Veterans Memorial Early College High School.
Lee is the head football coach at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) and has over 20 years of experience as a head football coach and athletic coordinator at the high school and college level.
“We are very excited that Kelley Lee will be joining our Charger family and will lead not just the football program, but the entire athletic program,” said Dr. Linda Gallegos, principal of Veterans Memorial Early College High School. “He is a great role model, excellent communicator, well respected in his field, has a wealth of successful experience, and can help our student athletes get recruited with his many contacts in the college realm.”
He is a graduate of Hot Springs High School in New Mexico. A three-sport athlete while at Hot Springs, Lee played in four state championships in football, basketball, and won state track titles in the discus and shot put. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 from Western New Mexico University where he played quarterback for the Mustangs.
As the offensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Midland College in 2008, Lee’s offense ranked first in the NAIA in red zone efficiency and in the top-10 in rushing offense and fourth-down conversions. He eventually took over a program at Valencia High School (VHS) that was 1-9 and quickly turned them into a contender going 26-9 and reached the state playoffs all three years. In 2011, Kelley was named the Metro Coach of the Year when VHS posted an 11-1 record and led the state in scoring, averaging 50.5 points per game.
Lee joined the ENMU football coaching staff after a successful career at Valencia High School in New Mexico, where he served as the athletic coordinator and head football coach. While at ENMU, he served as the offensive coordinator and helped ENMU achieve the No. 1 rated rushing offense in the Lone Star Conference with 345 yards per game in 2015. Lee spent five seasons as ENMU’s offensive coordinator and built one of the most dominant run games and efficient passing games in the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II. While also at ENMU, the team has seen six offensive players named All-Americans under his guidance and made their first Division II bowl appearance ever, appearing in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in 2015 and again 2016.
Under his leadership, 18 Greyhounds were recognized as all-conference performers following the 2019 season, continuing the strong tradition built under Lee in one of Division II football’s toughest conferences. The Hounds completed their seventh straight year with a record of .500 or better in conference play in 2019 and knocked off the second nationally-ranked opponent during the Lee era with a 20-17 win over no. 21 Angelo State.
Lee entered the 2020 season as the school’s all-time leader in career win percentage (.636, 21-12) and recently guided the Greyhounds to the program’s first ever Division II bowl win after defeating Southern Arkansas in the 2019 Heritage Bowl.
“I am honored and extremely grateful to be selected as the athletic coordinator/head football coach for Veterans Memorial Early College High School,” said Kelley. “My family and I are excited about joining the Brownsville community and the Charger family. I am also excited to join an already strong athletic department and work with our coaches and student athletes to propel Charger athletics to the next level,” added Lee.
Kelley is married to Melissa Lee, a former track and field athlete and coach at ENMU. They have two children, Kingston and Croix. Lee’s father, Travis Lee, is in the National High School Hall of Fame and his sister, Tasha Fischer, is an assistant athletic director for compliance at Florida State.For more information, contact the Brownsville Independent School District at 956.548.8000.