"I met a lot of people and they are similar to the type of people
at UC Irvine," said Lee, who will await UC Davis' decision in the
coming weeks. "I heard that [UC Davis] will interview three people
and either make their decision or open it up again."
UC Davis will enter the Big West Conference next season, and Lee
seems to have a bit of an advantage since he's been coaching in the
conference for the past six seasons.
"I already know the landscape of the Big West very well," Lee
said. "Plus, it's a UC school, so they have the same type of athletes
as UCI. It's a very smooth transition in that sense, should it
Lee also worked as an assistant in the CBA in 1993 and 1994 under
Eric Musselman, who was hired last summer by the Warriors and asked
Lee to join his staff, but the UCI assistant turned it down because
his goal is to become an NCAA Division I head coach.
Lee has been an assistant coach with Pat Douglass for the past
nine years. Douglass, the UCI head coach, and Lee won an NCAA
Division II championship at Cal State Bakersfield in 1997. Shortly
thereafter, Douglass took Lee with him to UCI, where the Anteaters
had just completed a 1-25 season in 1996-97.
UCI has since risen to become one of the top teams in the Big
West, recording three-straight 20-win seasons and back-to-back
conference regular-season championships in 2001 and 2002.
"I think he's a perfect fit for [UC Davis]," Douglass said.
Douglass reiterated Thursday that he has not been interested in
coaching for any other school than UC Irvine. Earlier in the year,
there were mild rumors that had him involved with UCLA, and even with
all the other openings across the nation, Douglass won't pay any mind
"I'm happy where I'm at," Douglass said. "I've been here six years
and I have never looked to work anywhere else. I have not interviewed
for another job."