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Division II head coach leaves for Texas high school job

Eastern New Mexico head coach Kelley Lee has left his job to be the head coach at Veterans High School in Brownsville, Texas. Veterans announced the hire Tuesday evening.

Lee had been the head coach at Eastern New Mexico since 2017 and leaves the school as, arguably, its most successful coach ever. His .636 winning percentage is the tops in school history, and his victory over Southern Arkansas in the 2019 Heritage Bowl was its first postseason victory at the Division II level.

In 2019, ENMU set a school record with 4,191 rushing yards and broke its own Lone Star Conference record with 770 rushing attempts en route to an 8-4 record, the best in school history.

Lee's ENMU bio notes his teams went 11-0 in games decided by seven points or less, 18-0 when leading entering the fourth quarter and 15-1 when leading at the half.

Lee was ENMU's offensive coordinator prior to his 2017 promotion to head coach. He remained the Greyhounds' offensive coordinator while also coaching quarterbacks and fullbacks.

A native New Mexican, Lee has spent all but one year of his career in the Land of Enchantment. He was a successful head coach at New Mexico's Valencia High School prior to ENMU, turning a 1-9 program into a 26-9 run with three playoff appearances.

At Brownsville Veterans, Lee inherits a program that went 2-5 in 2020.

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