CHHS baseball coach honored by ALABCA

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Charles Henderson baseball team can add another award to their already decorated program history.

CHHS assistant baseball coach Brandon Lee was named the 2014 Alabama Baseball Association Assistant Coach of the Year, the school announced earlier this month.

Lee will be honored at the ALABCA Awards Banquet Jan. 16 in Birmingham.

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“It means a lot,” Lee said. “I’m happy because it means we were successful. As a program, we had a lot of success. That’s why awards like that are given.”

In his first two seasons with Charles Henderson, Lee has enjoyed immediate success.

The Trojans are coming off of back-to-back state titles, including a 40-3 overall record in 2013 and a 41-10 overall record in 2014.

Lee said having the opportunity to be a part of a Charles Henderson team that has been so dominant the past two years is one he will cherish.

“After the first few weeks of practice in 2013, we thought we had a good team, but we never thought a 40-3 record,” Lee said.” The more we played throughout the year, the more we thought we had a chance to win it all. It’s so hard to do. It’s so hard to win a championship. You’ve got to have a lot of things go your way. Talent-wise, we were good enough, but everything else just had to fall in place.”

A 2004 graduate of Cullman High School, Lee has been part of successful programs himself, winning a state title with the Bearcats and finishing runner-up twice in his high school baseball career.

After serving as the head softball coach at Cullman, Lee made the switch to Charles Henderson in 2013.

Trojan coaches are familiar with the January banquet in Birmingham.

Last year, Charles Henderson head coach Derek Irons was awarded the Sammy Dunn Memorial Award, given to the top head coach in the state.

Lee accompanied him to the ceremony and said Irons has served as an inspiration to him throughout his young coaching career.

“I have taken a lot of what coach Irons does and put it in a jar if you will,” Lee said. “I was put in the absolute perfect position to coach with coach Irons. He gives me a lot of ability and range to kind of do what I want to do. That helps out a lot that he gives me confidence to do things how I want to do them.”

As for the next season, which is just over two months out, Lee is happy to talk about what many coaches wouldn’t — the possibility of a third-straight state title.

Individual accolades and awards are nice, but for Lee, the goal still remains unchanged — winning championships.

“The goal is to try and 3-peat, that is the ultimate goal,” Lee said. “We’re not afraid to talk about it.”

Let awards come if they may, Lee said. Because if coaches are being recognized, it means the team is winning. And in the end, that’s what makes his job so enjoyable.

“You know the history of Charles Henderson baseball. You’re going to get everyone’s best shot,” Lee said. “It has been two of the most fun years of my life. It’s really not fair that I get to do this for a living.”