Darin Lee was hired as Athletic Director at CHS in July of 2013. Mr. Lee began at CHS in 2008 with the first four years as Assistant Athletic Director at Collinsville. Mr. Lee comes to Collinsville after 18 years Nashville High School (1991-2009) and 2 years at Vienna High School (1989-91). He was also an assistant basketball coach at Rend Lake College in 1988-89.
Mr. Lee has coached for 28 years. The sports he has been involved with are Cross country (5 years), Track (20 years) and basketball (28 years). He was also a varsity football official for 20 years. Mr. Lee has taken a varsity boys basketball team to the state tournament 5 times. (97,98,00,05,07) His basketball teams have also won 12 conference championships, 8 regionals, 5 sectionals, and 5 super-sectionals. His varsity basketball career record is 578 wins and 240 losses. He has had two basketball teams (99 and 07) that have ended the regular season ranked number one in the state in class A of the old two class system. He was involved with coaching a state champion track team (1998) and a state runner-up track team (1997).
Mr. Lee attended high school at McLeansboro High School. He was a guard for his 1983 basketball team that finished third in the state. He also placed fourth in the 400 meters in the state track meet the same year and was an all area quarterback in football for his junior and senior seasons. He played college basketball for two years at Rend Lake College before going on to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he majored in mathematics in 1988. He finished his master’s degree in 1996 in educational administration.
Mr. Lee was president of the Southern Illinois Coaches Association from 2001-2005. He has also been on the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors for the past 18 years. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 30, 2011. He joined his father (David Lee) who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.
His family includes wife Gina, son Jackson is 13 and in 8th grade at CMS and daughter Danni is 10 and in 5th grade at DIS. The family resides in Maryville.