This will be Lee’s first head coaching job. He played high school soccer at Petal and then went on to play college soccer at Southwest Community College and William Carey University. While finishing his degree at Southern Mississippi, he managed the USM men’s club soccer team and was an assistant coach at Petal High School.

 “I am excited about this job and the upcoming season,” Lee said. “Both teams have experienced players returning. We have depth and my goal is to establish a program that competes for the state championship.

 “I am just moving in and haven’t been with the teams very much. I was here during the team selections. We are going to play in a showcase tournament at East Central later this week. Then we are going to start having workouts next Monday and will continue through the summer.”

 While this is Lee’s first head coaching job, he brings plenty of knowledge and experience about the game of soccer.

“Everything I have done in the past six years has been focused on me becoming a soccer coach,” said Lee, who graduated from USM with a degree in Kinesiology and coaching education. “After finishing at Petal, I played and also worked as an assistant coach. I want to commit to establishing a solid program that competes with the better teams in the state. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

 Lee said he will off by focusing on fundamentals and teaching strategy.

 “We are going to build a strong foundation by learning the game,” Lee said. “A lot of kids didn’t grow up playing soccer as their No. 1 sport, and only picked it up in high school. It takes a lot of patience. I hope to inspire our players to not only understand the game but to develop a love for the game.

 “For instance, a lot of people don’t understand the off sides rule. If you don’t understand it, it doesn’t make sense.”

 Lee said he will try to come up with teambuilding activities as well as practices over the summer.

 Neshoba Central will play in the same region with Ridgeland, Cleveland Central and Canton.