Lee coach, mentor Souther dies
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Apr 30, 2013 | 1333 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The entire Lee University family and the Bradley County community lost a dear friend on Monday evening when coach Jack Souther passed away.

“Coach Souther made an immediate impact on the Lee athletic program and served as an important part of our coaching staff for 30 years,” said Lee President Dr. Paul Conn. “He really cared about all sports and continued to support all the programs, even after his retirement. He is one of the few persons I have known that spoke with absolute candor and total honesty. He was straight forward and you always knew where Coach Souther stood. He will be deeply missed.”

"When coach Souther arrived on campus some 30 years ago, we had no idea of the impact he would make on Lee athletics," said Lee athletic director Larry Carpenter. "His energy and enthusiasm quickly produced our first women's national championship as the Lady Vikings (now Lady Flames) basketball team won the 1985 NCCAA title. Coach was passionate, honest and loyal to his athletes, fellow coaches and Lee. We will miss him tremendously."

Souther coached women's basketball from 1983-1993. His overall record was 218-132. He coached men's golf (1992-2008) and was instrumental in the startup of the Lee softball program and coached the team from 1987-1990.

He is the only Lee coach to ever serve as head coach in three different sports.

Souther was walking in the clouds when his 2004 golf team won the TranSouth Conference tournament and advanced to the NAIA nationals. His golf teams went on to be ranked with the top clubs in the nation and qualified for the NAIA national tournament for five consecutive years (2004-2008).

The Lee family saluted Souther in 2006 when the intramural softball field was officially named "Jack Souther Field".

Souther continued to support all the athletic programs after officially retiring from his coaching duties. His words of encouragement to the coaching staffs and athletes were always present.

A memorial service to honor Coach Jack Souther will be held in Walker Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.