Written by Kelley Lee
Coach Taylor Lee recently took his Ebarb Lady Rebels to the state tournament in Alexandria. It was the second trip to the Final Four for Lee, who two years ago took the Dodson High School girls team to Hammond and the state semi-finals.
After leading the boys team at Ebarb to their first district title in over 20 years during the 2017-2018 season, Lee entered this season with hopes of building on that success. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the girls team found itself without a coach two weeks before the season began. Coach Lee was willing to step up and coach the girls; what followed was a historical season for Ebarb High School.
For his efforts in leading the Ebarb Lady Rebels to a girl’s school record 27 wins, an undefeated district championship, and their first ever state tournament appearance the LSWA voted him as the 2019 Class C girls basketball Coach of the Year.
“This season was a total group effort from everyone,” Lee said “Myself, my assistants, girls and boys teams, administrators, and the wonderful people of Ebarb. Everyone bought in to what we were trying to accomplish and the support from the community was tremendous. I could not ask for a more supportive fan base. The encouragement was much needed and unlike any I had experienced so far in my five years as a head coach.”
He began his head coaching career at Dodson in Winn Parish after assisting at Red River High School for one season. There he inherited a girls team that had won two games the previous year. Three years later he had them playing in the state semi-finals. Lee left Winn two years ago for Sabine Parish and its fabled history of basketball prowess.
Coach Lee seems to be fitting in quite nicely. In his five years of coaching, he’s earned two district championships, two district coach of the year awards, two Top 28 appearances, and a total of 127 wins and a state coach of the year award.
“Never did I expect this back in October when I took over the girls team,” Lee said of winning this award. “I just wanted to give them a fighting chance at reaching their potential. I am honored to be recognized with this award because there are so many great and deserving coaches out there. When I think back on all we have accomplished it really is amazing. It’s a testament to what happens when you just put your head down and go to work each and every day. I always tell my teams let’s get better today than we were yesterday. This season that definitely was the case.”
Coach Lee also acknowledged the valuable contributions of his assistant coaches Tanner Lee and Lee McClintock and the dedication and hard work of the boys and girls on his teams that made this success possible.