Lee was 2006 Patriot League MVP, Led Bison to Pair of NCAA Wins
Back for his fourth year on the Bison staff is Michael Cotton, a former Division I basketball standout at Oklahoma and Boston College.
Cotton came to Bucknell from Durham, N.C., where he was head basketball coach at Kestrel Heights School and owner of Complete Player Development, LLC, a basketball instructional training program for players from elementary school through college. In 2007-08, Cotton led his Kestrel Heights team to the Central Carolina Athletic League regular-season title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament, while also teaching algebra and science.
From 2005-07, Cotton was the head varsity basketball coach at Western Vance High School in Henderson, N.C. In addition to teaching algebra, he coached his team to a league title and an undefeated conference record. Cotton also coached at the prep level at Bonner Academy in Raleigh, N.C., in 2003-04. A year later he served as coordinator of Communities in Schools of Wake County, a program that served middle and high school students in the Raleigh area who were serving long-term suspensions from school.
Since graduating from Boston College with a degree in biopsychology in 2000, Cotton also spent time working in the business and technical fields, and he was quite active in AAU basketball in North Carolina. From 2001-03 he was head coach of the Garner Road YMCA AAU team; he was associate head coach of the Carolina Cougars from 2003-05; and he was head coach of the United Celtics in 2006-07, helping the 14-and-under team qualify for the Division I AAU National Championships.
The son of a U.S. Air Force serviceman, Cotton was born in Detroit, spent parts of his childhood in Texas, the Philippines, New Mexico and Alaska, and attended high school in Arkansas. His collegiate basketball career began at Oklahoma, and he transferred to Boston College following his sophomore year. As a 6'4" guard, Cotton was a starter for the Eagles during both his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior and had a career-high 24-point game against Pittsburgh. He averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in his senior year. At Oklahoma, Cotton was named Big 12 Student of the Week and a Sooner Scholar, and he was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Michael and his wife, Kendra, have a daughter, Jarah (9), and two sons, Kael (6) and Rhys (3).