A record-setting passer during his career as a Golden Eagle
quarterback, Lee Sweeney has embarked upon his collegiate coaching
career, joining Watson Brown’s staff as a graduate assistant
in 2011. This season, Sweeney has moved up to an assistant coaching
position where he will work with the Golden Eagle receivers in the
2012 season. While the Golden Eagles look to replace Tim Benford,
the all-time receiving leader in schoolhistory, Sweeney has a
stable filled with talented young receivers to sprinkle into the
It’s an appropriate assignment for the former OVC Freshman of the Year who set many of Tech’s passing records while calling Golden Eagle signals from 2006 to 2009.
Sweeney was a two-year starter at Friendship Christian High School in Mt. Juliet where he passed for 5,173 yards in two seasons. As a senior, he led the state in passing, throwing for 2,819 yards and 30 touchdowns with just three interceptions on his way to being named a finalist for Tennessee’s Mr. Football. A versatile athlete with a strong arm, he also lettered three seasons as a starting pitcher on the baseball team.
Following his prep career, he was recruited to the University of Louisville where he spent the 2005 season on the sidelines as a Cardinal redshirt. He transfered to Tennessee Tech following the fall semester, and went through spring drills with the Golden Eagles, helping him to prepare for his collegiate debut in the 2006 season. That year he passed for 2,292 yards and ranked first in the OVC in total offense, earning second-team all-OVC honors and the conference’s Freshman of the Year award.
He wrapped up his Tech career ranked first in career passing yards (7,157) as well as first in career total offense (6,805). He tied for the school record for most games passing for 200 yards or more (13), including the school-best 437 yards in a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Southeast Missouri to close out the 2006 season under interim head coach Doug Malone.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Tech in December 2009 in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness. Sweeney completed work for his master’s degree while a graduate assistant for the Golden Eagles in 2011.