July 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

C.J. Lee leaves Michigan staff to become Marist assistant coach

C.J. Lee helped Michigan make the 2009 NCAA tournament. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Former Michigan basketball player C.J. Lee has been hired as an assistant coach at Marist.

He will assist head coach Mike Maker, who replaced Jeff Bower last month after Bower was named Detroit Pistons general manager.

Lee has been on Michigan’s staff the past four seasons; he was director of program personnel in 2013-14.

Lee played at Manhattan for two seasons before transferring to Michigan in 2007. He was co-captain of the 2008-09 team.

“I started my career as a student-athlete in the MAAC and I am thrilled to return as an assistant coach at Marist College,” Lee said. “Joining Coach Maker's staff is a tremendous honor and I am humbled by this opportunity. I look forward to developing new relationships with the current student-athletes and their families.”

At Michigan, Lee earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2008 and his master’s degree in public policy in 2010. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection at Michigan.

“C.J. is an ideal fit for our staff and Marist College,” Maker said. “He comes from a wonderful family and is very bright. He has a familiarity with the MAAC, having played two years at Manhattan, and has been tutored as a player and coach by Coach (John) Beilein for the last seven years. Clearly, he has the total package to make an immediate impact in our basketball program.”