Confirmed: New Defensive Backs Coach - Ron Lee

The Badgers' new defensive backs coach is Ron Lee, the Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach from San Jose State.

Badger Nation has confirmed that Ron Lee, the Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach from San Jose State, is the new DB coach at Wisconsin.

Here is what the official San Jose State football website has under Lee's biographical information:


Ronnie Lee played against San José State, coached against the Spartans as the defensive backs coach at Colorado State, and now is the team's new defensive coordinator.

Lee was on the short end as a hard-hitting defensive back in San José State's 1986 win at Washington State. Since 1996, he was on the winning side in two Colorado State wins over the Spartans.

Winning is commonplace in his coaching career. As a graduate assistant at the University of Miami, the Hurricanes won the 1989 national championship. Seven times in the last 10 years, he was an assistant coach on conference championship teams.

"When you work with good people and you enjoy going to work, it spreads to the players and helps produce winners," says Lee. "I believe in the theory, ‘Keep it simple.'

"Our philosophy will be to stop the run, swarm the ball and have all 11 guys around the football. We want to eliminate any big plays and create turnovers. That's our progression every day."

Lee, a native of Tulare, Calif., just two hours from San Jose, saw the San José State coaching job as an opportunity to be back in California and take on a defensive coordinator's role.

"I've had off and on contact with Fitz since 1991. We stayed in touch while he was working on his doctorate. When he was on the Utah State staff, I was offered the defensive backs job there," Lee recalls.

As a player, he led the Pac-10 Conference in fumbles caused in 1986. Perhaps, his biggest playing thrill was when Washington State upset then-number-one-ranked UCLA in 1988.


2001 San José State University defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach

1993-2000 Colorado State University defensive backs coach
2000 Chicago Bears coaching fellowship
1995 Denver Broncos coaching fellowship
1994 Denver Broncos coaching fellowship
1992 University of Idaho defensive backs coach
1991 Portland State University defensive backs coach/special teams coordinator
1989-1990 University of Miami graduate assistant


B.A. (child and family studies) – Washington State University, 1989


1985-1988 Washington State University


Born on May 22, 1966 in Tulare, California Wife – Eileen, a pharmaceutical technician. Children – Aubree (10), Jamison (9), Kayla (8), Christopher (3).

Look for more on Coach Lee on this site in the near future.

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