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Frank Lee Named Head Baseball Coach

4/11/2011

Williams Baptist College has found its new baseball coach. The college has promoted Frank Lee, assistant coach of the Eagles for the past six years, to the role of head coach starting next season.

"Coach Lee has been a very valuable asset to the baseball Eagles as an assistant, and we are excited to see him move into the role of head coach. Frank is from our area and a graduate of Williams, which gives him a great deal of insight into our program," said Williams athletic director Jeff Rider.

Lee will take the place of longtime head coach John Katrosh, who is leaving the Eagles’ dugout after this season.

"I am excited to start this new chapter in my life, not only for myself, but for my family, this institution and the program," said Lee. "Being an assistant under Coach Katrosh’s tutelage has been instrumental in preparing me to become a head coach at this level, and I owe him dearly for that. He has so much knowledge of the game that it is impossible to spend six years working for him and not be ready."

Lee is a 1983 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. After service in the Air Force, he and his wife, Teresa, returned to the area, where he completed his bachelor’s degree at WBC. He went on to complete his master’s at William Woods University.

"This is home," Lee commented. "Working for a wonderful institution such as Williams is a calling. I believe that the Lord placed me here for several reasons, first to help me to grow in my walk, second to help me be a better parent and husband, and third to help mentor young student/athletes, spiritually, morally, academically and athletically."

In addition to Katrosh, the new Eagles skipper said he has been influenced by Norm Debriyn, former University of Arkansas head coach, and Tony Skole, current head coach at East Tennessee State University.

"These men had a huge impact on me wanting to coach baseball at this level without even knowing that they did so. I want to thank all three for not only being great coaches, but for being great men in all aspects in and outside of baseball," he said.

Lee said he wants to continue the respect for the game instilled by Katrosh during his 12 years at Williams. He also hopes to build on the community involvement and pride in the WBC baseball program.

"Frank has been very successful as an assistant coach in our baseball program, and we look for him to continue that good work as head coach. He is a diligent recruiter and has built strong relationships with our players, which are important qualifications for this job," said Dr. Jerol Swaim, WBC president.

The Lees are active members of White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, and they have four children.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge. The Eagles compete in the American Midwest Conference of the NAIA.

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