Opelousas High School
Lee joined the Ragin’ Cajuns basketball program during the summer of 1996 after serving four years as head coach at nearby Opelousas High School. The first of those honors came in the 1993-1994 season when Opelousas High advanced to the Top 28 state tournament and compiled a 31-6 record. He began his prep coaching career in 1992-1993 at OHS where he guided the Tigers to the bi-district playoffs and a 20-10 record.
Before launching his coaching career at Opelousas High, Lee served for one year as a student assistant at Nicholls State in 1990-1991 under head coach Ricky Broussard.
Robert Lee was the assistant coach of the basketball team for many years before he received the opportunity to become the head coach. He was denied the head job twice before he was finally promoted when the head coach at the time (Glynn Cyprien) was fired for using fraudulent credentials in 2004.
In working with the Louisiana–Lafayette backcourt, Lee helped guide two Cajun guards into career 1,000-point members and shaped Antoine Landry into a career year during his senior season. Lee worked with Blane Harmon and Brad Boyd, both of whom joined the 1,000-point club
In the 2003-2004 season, Boyd became the Cajuns’ all-time leader in three-point field goals made.