Tyson Lee lived out a dream at Mississippi State by playing quarterback for the Bulldogs.
Now with his playing days over, he’s making an impact for his alma mater in a new way.
Lee now provides support to over 400 Mississippi State student-athletes as the development coordinator for the school’s Bulldog Club.
And it’s a role he takes to heart.
Outside of his job duties of developing and maintaining relationships with former Bulldogs student-athletes and assisting with development operations and membership growth, Lee, for instance, stresses the importance of education whenever he speaks to those who haven’t yet reached the college level.
“I’ve often heard the phrase that nobody can ever take away your education and there is so much truth to that,” Lee said. “Outside of education, I try to tell prospective student-athletes how important it is to network in today’s world.”
At Itawamba (Miss.) Community College, Lee, a Columbus, Mississippi native, earned academic All-America honors before transferring to Mississippi State for his final two seasons of eligibility.
In 2010, he graduated with his bachelor’s in secondary education, then later earned his master’s in sports administration in 2012.
“I’m a supporter of sports and believe they can teach so many life skills that are important for life after sports, but most student-athletes don’t see education as important,” Lee said. “Athletics will end and that’s inevitable, so having the necessary tools (education) is vital for helping make the transition into life after sports.”
Before he was hired to his current position last June, Lee spent the previous two years as a Mississippi State campus representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where he mentored student-athletes.
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