Roy Champagne is in his 23rd season as the head basketball coach and 25th season at Lee College. As Athletic Director (2009-2014), Champagne has helped guide the athletic department to greater recognition by reconnecting the community of Baytown to the campus of Lee College. Various game day activities and spirited athletic contests have brought an electrifying energy to Lee College.
As head basketball coach, Champagne has a career record of 333–343 (.493) and has built a strong foundation that will enable the Runnin’ Rebels to continue to be part of national scene.
The 2012-2013 season was a historic year for Lee College. Champagne guided the Runnin’ Rebels to their first Region XIV Championship title and a place in the NJCAA Sweet 16. During his tenure as head coach, Champagne has seen more than 100 of his players move on to the NCAA level. Many of these same players are currently playing professionally overseas. Lee College has witnessed the only three NJCAA basketball All-Americans in school history — Joe Edwards, Patrick Okafor, and Mike White — during this time.
Before accepting the head coaching job at Lee College, Champagne served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the Rebels. Champagne received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1993.
During his college career, Champagne was active in the AAU circuit from 1987-1995. His AAU program produced six players who went on to play in NBA. His teams won multiple state championships and took home the national title in 1991. The program’s national success garnered international recognition touring the Canary Islands of Spain for two seasons.
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Champagne was raised in Maurice, La. He graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where he was a member of the 1986 Louisiana State Championship team and the 21st USA Today nationally ranked 1987 Louisiana state runner-up basketball team. Champagne and his wife, Michelle, have two children: Catherine and Carson.