Lee Underwood is beginning his second season as Barton's Head Men's Tennis Coach in 2018-19. Hired on July 3, 2017, Underwood led the Bulldogs to a 7-13 overall record including a 4-6 mark in Conference Carolinas play in his first year. Underwood also coached one player - Diego Agudelo - to all-league honors.
On the women's side, Underwood guided Barton to a 14-10 mark including a 9-2 record in Conference Carolinas play and a berth in the league tournament semifinals. Four Bulldogs earned all-league women's tennis honors: Marissa Stevenson, Daria Avram, Vanessa Sanoja and Ada Vargas.
Underwood came to Barton after seven years at Edinboro (Pa.), an NCAA Division II school. Underwood was instrumental in resurrecting the program in 2010-11 after a seven-year absence from the court.
As Fighting Scots mentor, Underwood led the men's and women's progams to a combined 169 victories while totaling five NCAA Division II Tournament apperances and earning seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach-of-the-Year honors. In 2013, Underwood was named the ITA Atlantic Region Men's Tennis Coach of the Year. With regards to men's tennis, Underwood was named the league coach of the year four straight seasons (2014-17). As women's mentor, Underwood was named the 2017 league coach of the year.
Prior to Edinboro, Underwood served six years as mentor at West Virginia Wesleyan: six as men's tennis coach (2004-10) and four as women's coach (2006-10). Underwood was 93-34 on the men's side and posted a 41-33 mark on the women's side with the Bobcats. Underwood led the West Virginia Wesleyan Men's Tennis Team to three WVIAC Championships (2008, 2009 and 2010) and the top spot in the Atlantic Region in 2010. Underwood was the WVIAC Coach of the Year three times (2007, 2008 and 2009) and the 2008 ITA Great Lakes and 2010 ITA Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year for men's tennis. Underwood led the Bobcats to the 2010 WVIAC Championship.
Underwood began his career as Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) for 13 years (1991-2004) where he totaled 272 victories and was named the 1994 WVIAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year and 1995 WVIAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year. Underwood is the all-time winningest tennis coach in school history with 272 combined wins.
A native of Fayetteville, W.Va., Underwood graduated from Davis & Elkins in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education and earned his master's degree from West Virginia in physical education. Underwood and his wife, Cherie, have three children: Olivia, Hunter and Jarrod.
Underwood continues to serve as ITA NCAA Division II Men's Tennis National Chair, a position he has held since 2013. Underwood is a USPTR Certified PRO in Adult (11-17) and Children 10 and under.