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David Lee
Position: Offensive Coordinator - Quarterbacks
David Lee Named Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations

          FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Dallas Cowboys’ offensive assistant and former Razorback assistant coach David Lee has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Arkansas it was announced by Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt on Wednesday. Nutt said offensive play-calling responsibilities will be part of Lee’s responsibilities as well as working directly with Arkansas’ quarterbacks.

          “We are pleased to add David Lee to our coaching staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach,” Nutt said. “David brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate and professional level that will benefit our players. He is an excellent teacher and his knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our offense. He loves the Razorback program and will work tirelessly to help this program succeed at the highest levels.”

          Lee recently completed his fourth season with the Cowboys as an offensive assistant, overseeing the team’s quality control efforts and working closely with the quarterbacks. Lee coached under legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells and worked directly with quarterbacks Quincy Carter, Vinny Testeverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo.

“David is a quality person and a fine football coach,” Parcells said. “I think he will be a great asset to the Arkansas program. While he has been with the Cowboys, he has helped all of our quarterbacks develop and grow. I think he is an excellent teacher of fundamentals at the quarterback position, and he has a solid grasp of how to develop an effective offensive philosophy with the talent that is available to him."

          The Dexter, Mo., native has joined the Razorback staff for the third time in his career after serving under both Ken Hatfield and Nutt previously. Lee worked as the quarterbacks and fullbacks coach from 1984-88 before moving on to a head coaching job at the University of Texas at El Paso. Nutt hired Lee as the quarterbacks coach again in 2001. He spent two seasons with the Hogs in that position before accepting an offer to join the Cowboys.

          In his most recent stint with the Razorbacks, Lee contributed to a team that won the 2002 SEC Western Division Championship and a berth in the SEC Championship Game. He tutored former UA quarterbacks Zak Clark and Matt Jones. Jones remains the SEC’s all-time quarterback rushing leader and was a first-round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars following his collegiate career.

The 31-year coaching veteran served seven seasons at Rice University (1994-2000) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Hatfield’s staff. Upon his arrival at Rice, he helped lead the Owls to a share of the Southwest Conference title in 1994 and their first win over Texas since 1965. During his tenure, Rice racked up six of the school’s top rushing totals, including a school-record 332.7 yards-per-game average in 1997.

Rice ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing three times during his stay. In addition to his thorough knowledge of the option offense, Lee has seen six of his quarterbacks drafted or sign free-agent deals following their collegiate careers.

From 1989-93 he was the head coach at Texas-El Paso before joining Hatfield at Rice as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1994.

Lee first teamed with Hatfield during Arkansas’ successful run in the late 1980s. As UA’s quarterbacks coach, Lee helped direct Razorback teams that sported a 45-15-1 record with five consecutive bowl appearances.

Included in that run was the 1986 season in which Arkansas quarterbacks threw just two interceptions (a SWC record) while helping the Hogs to a 10-2 record and an Orange Bowl appearance.

Promoted to offensive coordinator in 1988, Lee helped engineer the Hogs’ first Southwest Conference championship in nine years and first outright league title since 1965. The 1988 offensive unit committed just 11 turnovers in 11 games and led the nation in turnover ratio while featuring a pair of All-SWC sophomores, quarterback Quinn Grovey and fullback Barry Foster.

Lee began his coaching career in 1975 at Tennessee-Martin where he tutored quarterbacks and receivers for two seasons while organizing the first Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in the school’s history.

After spending the 1977 season at Vanderbilt as quarterbacks coach, Lee spent five seasons at Ole Miss from 1978-82 where he directed two record-setting quarterbacks Kent Austin and John Fourcade for five seasons. In 1983, Lee served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at New Mexico.

A three-year letterman at Vanderbilt, Lee served as team captain and was named the team’s most valuable player in 1974 after quarterbacking the Commodores to a 7-3-2 record, including a 24-10 upset of No. 5 Florida. Lee was voted SEC Player of the Week by the Associated Press after leading Vanderbilt to its first win over the Gators in 15 years.

Lee went on to lead the SEC in passing and guided his team to a 6-6 tie with Texas Tech in the Peach Bowl. That same season, Lee served as president of Vanderbilt’s FCA chapter.

A native of Dexter, Mo., Lee prepped at Woodham High School in Pensacola, Fla., where he graduated in 1971. Lee earned an undergraduate degree in history from Vanderbilt in 1975. Born July 2, 1953, Lee is married to the former Lynne Kazanowski. The couple has four children daughters Dana and Shannon, and sons Brian and Jordan.





COACHING DUTIES: offensive coordinator and quarterbacks


BORN: July 2, 1953


FAMILY: wife Lynne (Kazanowski); daughters Dana and

Shannon; sons Brian and Jordan



Woodham HS (Pensacola, Fla.) (1971)

Vanderbilt B.A. in history (1975)


JOINED UA STAFF: Jan. 17, 2007




EXPERIENCE/YEARS AT UA:             31/7 (1984-88, 2001-02 )

Collegiate Coaching:                28 years

NFL Coaching:                         3 years



1975-76 Tennessee-Martin (assistant coach quarterbacks,


1977 Vanderbilt (assistant coach quarterbacks)

1978-82 Ole Miss (assistant coach quarterbacks)

1983 New Mexico (offensive coordinator quarterbacks)

1984-88 Arkansas (assistant coach quarterbacks/fullbacks)

1989-93 UTEP (head coach)

1994-2000 Rice (offensive coordinator quarterbacks)

2001- 02 Arkansas (assistant coach quarterbacks)

2003-05 Dallas Cowboys (offensive quality control)






1974 Peach Bowl




1984 Liberty Bowl

1985 Holiday Bowl

1987 Orange Bowl

1987 Liberty Bowl

1989 Cotton Bowl

2002 Cotton Bowl

2002 Music City Bowl


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