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Howell High School
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Piepho Named Assistant Women's Basketball CoachAugust 14, 2007Detroit women's basketball coach Mickey Barrett announced today the hiring of Lee Piepho as a new assistant coach.Piepho brings a wealth of basketball experience to UDM, which includes being both a head coach at the high school and AAU levels. "I am thrilled about this opportunity of coaching at the collegiate level and becoming a part of the UDM family," said Piepho."I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the game with the student-athletes which I hope, in turn, results in winning."For the past 12 years, Piepho has been the head varsity girl's basketball coach at Howell High School in Howell, MI. Among his players there was Heather Hatter, a current UDM sophomore.While at HHS, Piepho compiled an overall record of 184-90 and led his team to six district championship titles (1995-97, 2004-06).In 1996, Howell closed out the season with a 26-1 mark and finished as runner-up at the Class A State Championship.In that same season, Piepho was named Coach of the Year and also earned the same honor the proceeding year.While at Howell, Piepho also coached the AAU Livingston Sting squad for 12 years.The team was crowned State Champions on four occasions (1998-2000, '02), won the State 18U Championship (2007) and also claimed first at the Deep South Classic Tournament in 2001."I am extremely excited about the addition of coach Piepho to our coaching staff," said coach Barrett.In addition to coaching, Piepho also brings 19 years of collegiate basketball officiating and 37 years of high school basketball officiating.On the college level, Piepho has worked games for the Mid-American Conference games, along with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference.Prior to becoming the head girl's coach, Piepho was at the helm for the freshman boy's squad from 1979-1995.Piepho played four years varsity basketball at the University of Missouri at Rolla and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
Lee Piepho became the head coach of the Lady Highlanders in 1995, and has built one of the top girl's basketball programs in the state of Michigan.L. Lee PiephoLee just completed his 11th year as the Head Coach of the Howell Lady Highlanders Girl's Basketball Team in Howell, Michigan.In the 1996 season, the Lady Highlanders went all the way to the State Championship game and finished with a 26-1 record.Their only loss coming in the Championship Game to Birmingham Marian.His overall record as the head coach for the Howell Lady Highlanders is 163-96. Prior to coaching the young women, Piepho coached the Howell Freshman boys for 16 years, posting an impressive 199-65 record.That brings his total record to 362 wins and 152 losses for his 26 years of coaching.In 1996 and 1997, Lee was named Michigan Class "A" "Coach of the Year". Piepho also coaches AAU basketball.Lee coached the Oakland County Lady Knights 12u and 13u teams in 1996 and 1997.In 1996 they qualified for the AAU Nationals in Cincinnati where they placed an impressive 17th in the Nation. Ten years ago he helped form the The Livingston Sting AAU program and coached the same team from 14u to 18u, each year winning the AAU State Championship and qualifying for the AAU Nationals.In 2000 his team finished 7th in the Nation and the 18u finished in the top 16 nationally.Since 2001, when his AAU team finished second in the Gold Division of the Adidas "Deep South Classic" Invitational Tournament, Piepho's teams have received and accepted invitations to return to this elite tournament. Girls who have played for Piepho, both high school and AAU have gone on to play college basketball at an impressive rate.During his 11 years as Howell High School Girl's Varsity coach, 65 girls have played for him and 23 have gone on to play college basketball.As for his AAU teams, he has directly been involved in helping 32 girls receive scholarships, (11) D-1, (7) D-II, and (17) at the NAIA, D-III, and Jr. College levels.Lee is also a high school and college basketball official.
According to our media partners at WHMI, Coach Lee Piepho announced his resignation and retirement from coaching effective immediately, citing personal reasons.
He resigned Saturday, one day after Howell lost to Brighton 31-24. Allegations of a reported "incident" at that game in which players claimed to have witnessed the veteran coach make physical contact with a Howell player on the way to the locker room have not been confirmed or denied by the district. Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Hughes previously indicated that an investigation will not be pursued as Piepho is no longer employed by the district.
Rademacher - the third-leading scorer in Titans history with 1,686 points - visited Detroit last week and had been interested in the job since former coach Mickey Barrett stepped down in December and was replaced by interim coach Lee Piepho.