Bebe Lee

H.B. “Bebe” Lee (1916-2013)

Teams coached: Utah State Aggies, Colorado A&M Rams, Colorado Buffaloes
Utah State record: 21-22 (.488)
Colorado A&M record: 7-23 (.233)
Colorado record: 63-74 (.460)
Overall record: 91-119 (.433)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1954, 1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1954, 1955)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1955)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Big Seven Regular Season Champion:  2  (1954, 1955)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1950-1956 Colorado
1949-1950 Colorado A&M
1945-1947 Utah State

Bebe Lee Facts

  • H.B. “Bebe” Lee
  • Born December 3, 1916
  • Died March 31, 2013
  • Hometown: Dallas, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Stanford University (BA, 1945)
  • The Dallas-native played for Hall of Fame head coach Everett Dean and the Stanford Cardinal
  • Got into coaching right after graduation, spending two years as the head coach at Utah State
    • Went 21-22 overall, improving from 7-12 in his first season to 14-10 in his second
  • Spent one years as the head coach at Colorado A&M (now State), going just 7-23
  • Final coaching role as a six-year stint at Colorado, where he rebuilt the Buffs into a winning program
  • Left CU in 1956 to become the athletic director at Kansas State; served in that capacity for 12 years
    • Was just 39 when he took over, becoming the youngest AD in the Big Seven Conference
    • During his tenure as AD, the basketball team was coached by Tex Winter and reached two Final Fours
    • Led the purchase of new land that would eventual house Bill Snyder Family Stadium (football) and new practice facilities for the baseball, basketball, track and field and other indoor programs
    • Inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Left in 1968 to star his own business, a video company, a remained in the private sector until retirement
  • Passed away in 2013 at the age of 96 in Southport, North Carolina, where he was living in hospice

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