The program is designed to assist students with the academic transition to a 2 or 4 year college or university. Lee Academy offers AP classes in English, history, math, biology and chemistry. Traditional high school classes are also open to the post graduate students.
Evening sessions are offered in SAT/ACT prep and ESL for students needing these services. The academic support provided is second to none. Our program is directed by 2 veteran, highly regarded teachers of math and English. Both of these individuals also have university teaching experience on their resumè. Another unique offering is our daily “Learning Lab.” For 75 minutes each school day a teacher of math, social studies, science and English is available for extra help in this respective areas. This time can be used for remedial help, advanced study, independent or directed studies. This time is dedicated to increase the support time needed for academic success for each student.
The one competitive activity offered to our Post Graduate students is basketball. The schedule offers 30 games, as well as daily individual instruction and team practices. The schedule includes both small college and Class “A” prep schools from throughout the northeast.
Even though we are a new program we have developed ties with major scouting services, Big East, Big 12, America East schools and the NBA. Our key personnel has years of experience both in the educational and athletic worlds. As a result of their experience, our personnel are on a first name basis with many of the major players of college and professional basketball. Although we don’t offer full scholarships, we do have financial aid packages for students showing need. A separate financial aid application needs to be completed with the admissions application.
Prep Team Coach
Coach Dan Haynes begins his first season as The Post Graduate A Team Head Coach and his second at Lee Academy. Coach Dan spent last year as an assistant to the A team and Head B Team Coach. Last season he helped guide the Pandas to a 15-2 record and a second place finish in the MASAID.
Prior to Lee Academy, Coach Dan spent two seasons at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Over those two seasons he helped Hartwick to two conference tournaments and one NCAA Tournament appearance.
Coach Dan also spent two seasons coaching at SUNY Cobleskill in New York, where he was responsible for practice planning, individual player development, recruiting, and scouting. Over the course of the two seasons they earned one conference tournament appearance.
Coach Dan graduated from Daniel Webster College in 2008, earning a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He played soccer, basketball, and baseball and was a team MVP and two-year captain. A graduate of Downsville Central School in New York ,Coach Dan was a part of three straight section championship teams which posted an 88-9 record over four seasons. He was named 2004 Walton Reporter Athlete of the Year.
Coach Dan is an avid UNC and New York sports fan as well as a fan of MMA. He can often be heard yelling at his TV.
Coach Richard “Doc” Kennedy begins his second season as The Post Graduate A Team Assistant Coach. Coach Doc spent last year finishing his own college basketball career at Fisher College.
Coach Doc graduated from Fisher College in 2017, earning his Bachelor Of Arts in Communications and Media Services while part of the men’s basketball team. He was a senior captain and the winner of the Ryan Henry Award. He also made the Association Of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament two out of the three years he played; he and his team had winning records in all three seasons: 21-7, 16-10, and 20-9.
Coach Doc started his coaching career at the age of 18; he was an assistant coach for the class of 2019 New Haven Heat Basketball family team for three years. He then became the Head Coach for the class of 2021 New Haven Heat Basketball Family team (not only a coach but one of the top recruiters for the program) and was a part of four Connecticut AAU State Championships with the New Haven Heat. In addition, during the summer breaks, Coach Doc gave back to his old high school and coached the Hamden High Varsity summer league team for four years. In both programs he helped with personal skills development with players.
Coach Doc graduated from Hamden High School in 2013. He was a basketball standout, starting out as a point guard and playing varsity for all four years. He was chosen as a senior captain for the Dragons, in addition to other honors including being named to the All Southern Connecticut Conference his senior year and being named a member of the New Haven Tap-Off Club All Area Team.
Coach Sawtelle is a 2012 graduate of Lee Academy where he was an outstanding three-season athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and baseball for all four years of high school. He was a member of the State Championship Basketball Team in 2011 and a member of the State Runner-Up Basketball Team in 2012. While basketball was his favorite sport, he was also recognized as one of the top seven baseball players in the state in 2012, known as the Mr. Baseball Awards in Maine. He had baseball experience at Husson College, and in 2016, he earned his degree in Electrical Technology from Eastern Maine Community College. He is working toward his electrical journeyman’s license master test which he can take after eight years/8,000 hours on the job. This Celtics fan who says he “loves the coaching” is also a residential life dorm parent, providing him additional time with and support of Lee Academy students including the athletes on his team.
2017-2018 Team Roster