Nee compiled a 410-381 record in his 26 seasons as a head men's Division I basketball coach that included stints at Ohio University (1981-86), Nebraska (1986-2000), Robert Morris (2000-01) and Duquesne (2001-06). Most recently he served as Director of Player Development at Rutgers after two years as a scout for the NBA's Utah Jazz.
An assistant for four years (1976-80) at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps, Nee developed a reputation for revitalizing basketball programs beginning with his first head coaching job at Ohio University. He built a 107-67 record in his six seasons while directing the Bobcats to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths (1983 and 1984) and one NIT appearance (1986). He was named Mid-American Coach of the Year twice. His 1982-83 team won a program record 23 games en route to the Bobcats' first NCAA appearance in nine seasons. He is a member of the Ohio University Hall of Fame.
Nee became Nebraska's winningest coach with his 254-189 record spanning 14 seasons. Prior to his arrival in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers had participated in one NCAA Tournament in 48 years. Under Nee Nebraska made 11 post-season appearances that included five NCAA bids and a NIT Championship in 1996. His Cornhuskers had seven 20-game winning seasons compared to just four at Nebraska in the previous 98 years.
He also served as head coach at Robert Morris and Duquesne out of the Northeast and Atlantic 10 conferences respectively, adding to his experiences of coaching in the MAC and Big Eight/Twelve.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nee was a high school teammate of Kareem Abdul Jabbar at Power Memorial High School. He was a member of the late Al McGuire's first recruiting class at Marquette. He was captain of the Warriors' freshman team before answering the call to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps. He received Combat Air Insignia Medals and was honorably discharged in 1968 after serving in Vietnam.
Following his two-year tour of duty he resumed his education at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kan. where he earned a degree in English and Physical Education in 1971. He completed work for a Master's degree at Kansas State in 1972.
Nee began his coaching career at the interscholastic level, directing programs at New Jersey's Red Bank Regional (1972-73) and Brick Township (1973-76) before taking the assistant's job at Notre Dame where he recruited and coached 10 NBA players.