OKMULGEE — Carl Lee, who had returned to his alma mater as head football coach, died on Thursday. He was 35.
The 35-year old head coach at Okmulgee High School was diagnosed with kidney cancer during the most recent football season, and he recently had to have surgery on his small intestines on Easter. A complication led to pneumonia, which led to Lee’s rapid health decline.
“It’s a big loss to Oklahoma high school football,” said Gore coach Brandon Tyler, a close friend of Lee’s. “Carl was a great coach, but more importantly a great husband, father and man. He will be greatly missed.”
Lee had served as head coach previously at Ketchum and Heavener. He returned to Okmulgee, his alma mater, early in 2016 after the Bulldogs had gone 2-8 in 2015.
In two seasons at the helm for Okmulgee, Lee went 9-12 with a playoff appearance in 2016.