Lee named Assistant Basketball Coach at George Washington

GW men’s basketball head coach Chris Caputo announced the hiring of Saint Joseph’s alum and former St. Bonaventure assistant Dwayne Lee as an assistant coach on Monday.

Lee has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac under head coach Baker Dunleavy. The Bobcats led the MAAC in made 3-pointers each of Lee’s three seasons and showcased a stout defensive gameplan in 2020-21, when QU ranked eighth nationally in defensive field goal percentage. During his time in Hamden, Lee provided tutelage to seven All-MAAC performers and helped guide the Bobcats to the MAAC semifinals this past year.

“We are excited for Dwayne and his family to join our program at GW,” Caputo said. “Dwayne has such a strong basketball background starting with his time at St. Anthony’s Jersey City playing for a Hall of Fame coach in Bob Hurley Sr. Dwayne was an excellent player in the Atlantic 10, and professionally. He has played for and worked with great coaches, has coached in multiple NCAA tournaments and will be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes.”

Prior to his time with Quinnipiac, Lee was instrumental in the construction of an NCAA Tournament team at St. Bonaventure during his two years as an assistant from 2017-19. He helped lead the Bonnies to a program-record 26 wins and an NCAA First Four victory over UCLA in 2017-18. He mentored All-Conference guards Jaylen Adams (brother of current Colonial Brendan Adams), Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee that year. 

The following season, SBU advanced to the conference championship game thanks to the play of All-Rookie performer Kyle Lofton, who Lee recruited and developed. He also was responsible for signing four-star recruits Justin Winston and Alejandro Vasquez.

“I am very honored and excited to be joining such a prestigious university,” Lee said. “George Washington is a great school, and it is located in an unbelievable area. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Coach Caputo is the right guy for the job, and I’m looking forward to working together to build a program that will attract the best student-athletes throughout the region and beyond.”

Lee also served as an assistant for four years at Fairleigh Dickinson, helping the Knights reach the 2016 NCAA Tournament by winning the NEC tournament despite having the third-youngest roster in the country. He began his coaching career as a graduate manager at Wagner in 2012-13.

A proud Jersey City, N.J., native, Lee played for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony’s High and won two straight New Jersey State Championships, at one point earning a No. 2 national ranking by USA Today.

He went on to play for Saint Joseph’s from 2002-06, aiding the Hawks to two NCAA Tournaments and two NIT berths, including an appearance in the NIT Championship. Lee was part of the second-winningest class in program history, accumulating 96 wins during his time on Hawk Hill. He also finished 11th in school history with 371 assists.

Following graduation with a degree in marketing, Lee played professionally for Sellbytel Baskets in Germany’s top division. He later helped the Vermont Frost Heaves to the ABA Championship before finishing his playing career in 2011-12 with Etha in Cyprus’ first division.Lee and his wife, Frances, have two daughters (Nyla and Khari) and one son (Justice).


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