Athletics Hall of Fame
David Lee

David Lee

SPORT(S) Men's Basketball

West Aurora, Illinois-native David Lee came to Bemidji State University’s men’s basketball team in 1984 ready to play. A four-year starter, David had an immediate impact on the program. During his freshman year, the Bemidji State squad earned the school’s first playoff victory. David remains BSU’s all-time leading scorer, with 2,034 points. He recorded two of the top 10 single-season scoring totals at BSU with 596 in 1987-88 (4th) and 535 in 1985-86 (8th). His 807 field-goals-made still ranks atop the BSU all-time lists. No other BSU player has made more free throws (364). He also ranks second on BSU’s career assists list (314). In addition his career free throw shooting percentage of 77.3 percent leads other players with at least 250 made. The single-season record for three-point percentage hitting 54.0 percent clip (42-of-78) in 1987-88 rounds out his accomplishments. David’s post-season honors include Four-time All-NIC selection: First-team (1987-88, 1986-87 and 1985-86) and honorable mention (1984-85). He was named All-District 13 (1985-86), NIC All-Tournament Team (1985-86) and NIC Tournament MVP (1985-86).


After graduating with a physical education degree and a health minor, David was an assistant coach at Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., for former teammate and fellow Athletic Hall of Famer Tim Buckley. He then went on to become a physical education teacher at Hayward High School in Hayward, Wis., where he has taught and coached for 22 years.


He and his wife Ronda, who also is a BSU alum, have three children, Morgan, Tatum and Ricki. Morgan and Tatum are current BSU students.