After a successful three-year coaching stint for head coach Anna Nimz, the search is over for the new coach of the Kilgore College women’s basketball program.
Addie Lees became the sixth head coach in Lady Ranger history July 1, 2018. Lees said she looks forward to taking over a program with such recent success.
“The Kilgore College women’s basketball team has been successful for many years. The winning tradition dates back to basketball legend Evelyn Blalock. I am thankful and honored to be a part of this foundation and I look forward to contributing to the program’s success as the new head coach.”
A press conference was held June 29 on the Kilgore campus to introduce Lees to the Kilgore community.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Lees to take over the Lady Rangers program,” said Jimmy Rieves, athletic director. “With her coaching and recruiting experience, especially at the junior college level, we feel she will be a perfect fit to guide the program in the right direction. We were looking for a coach with not only a history of athletic success, but a coach who places just as much of an emphasis on classroom success. We feel like with Lees, we get both of those and more.”
About Addie Lees:
Lees most recently worked at Texas State University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats. She was an integral part of recruiting high school and junior college student-athletes. She was in charge of guard development and assisted with scouting. In the 2016-17 season Lees helped the team to a post season appearance and worked with Taeler Deer who earned Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
During the 2015-16 season the Bobcats set a record for made 3-point field goals with 232. Under the guidance of Lees, Taeler Deer was named both College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week.
Before Texas State, she was the head coach at Clarendon College from 2014-15 where her team earned several key victories including wins against South Plains College and No.4-ranked and defending conference champion New Mexico Junior College for the first time in program history.
Lees coached two all-conference players while at Clarendon and her team also earned NJCAA Academic Honorable Mention honors in 2015.
Prior to her stint at Clarendon, Lees was an associate head coach under Earl Diddle at Howard College from 2012-14. Her coaching career began at Eastern New Mexico University in 2009 where she was a graduate assistant coach until 2011.
As a point guard, Lees had an outstanding career in both high school and college. Starting with a pair of state championships and a state runner-up at Plainview High School to back-to-back regional appearances at Midland College in 2005 and 2006.
Lees concluded her playing days at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she led the team to a conference tournament championship appearance as well as an appearance in the regional semifinal in 2009.
She scored a career best 20 points against Northwestern State University as a Cotton Blossom.Lees, originally from Plainview (Texas), graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico in 2011.
Chris Godfrey enters his first season at Kilgore College after spending the last two years as an assistant coach at Coastal Bend College.
While at Coastal Bend, Godfrey primarily worked with the team’s post players. Consequently, in each of his two seasons as an assistant, a Coastal Bend player led Region 14 in total rebounding. During his tenure, the program set records for season win total and produced the program’s first NCAA Division I signee. In addition to his work as a coach, Godfrey also advised students and served as an adjunct instructor, teaching introductory communications and college success courses.
Prior to coaching, Godfrey worked in various roles on college campuses around the country. His experiences range from student enrollment and academic advisement to multicultural affairs. Most notably, he served as a coordinator and grant writer for Armstrong State University’s African-American Male Initiative mentoring program and spent one summer as the director of the University of Vermont’s Summer Enrichment Scholars program.
As a student at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Godfrey participated in football and wrestling. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University (NY) in 2012, majoring in journalism and sports management. While at St. John’s, Godfrey participated in the Red Storm women’s basketball program as a practice player, and later as a student manager under head coach Kim Barnes Arico (now head coach at the University of Michigan). He was also elected president of the school’s Black Student Union. Godfrey went on to earn his master’s degree in Professional Communications and Leadership Studies while working at Armstrong State University.
As a sports journalist, Godfrey covered high school sports for both the New York Post and the New York City Sports Network. He also served as editor-in-chief for the college basketball opinion site Busting Brackets.
Presently, Coach Godfrey has been working diligently on the task of recruiting future Lady Rangers. He also oversees study hall hours and shooting practices for the team. In addition to his coaching duties, Godfrey is the resident dorm supervisor at Stark Hall.