With a background that includes a professional playing career and a diverse coaching resume, Lee Hull is in his fourth season as wide receivers coach at Maryland.
Hull, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State University, tutored some of the top receivers in Maryland history the last three years.
In his first season in College Park, Hull helped prepare first-round NFL Draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey for the next level and oversaw a unit which featured senior standouts Isaiah Williams and Danny Oquendo.
Under Hull's guidance, Torrey Smith was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. Smith posted 67 receptions for 1,055 receiving yards and a school-record 12 touchdown catches in 2010. Smith was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, making it two Terrapin receivers taken in the first two rounds over the last three seasons.
He has also groomed a number of youngsters including Kevin Dorsey, Tony Logan, Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree, all of whom should play important roles this season.
Hull also has experience coaching other positions.
He tutored running backs his first two seasons in Corvallis and wide receivers the last three. He coached three OSU All-Americans, including a pair of wideouts, and was a part of four bowl wins.
The 45-year-old had three receivers catch 30 or more passes in 2007, including Darrell Catchings, who was a freshman All-American along with fellow wideout James Rodgers.
In 2006, he coached Sammie Stroughter to All-America status in one of Oregon State's best seasons. The Beavers posted a 10-4 record, second-best in school history, including a win over Missouri in the Sun Bowl. That season, Stroughter led the Pac-10 Conference and ranked 10th in the country in receiving yards per game (92.4).
Stroughter was on the watch list for the 2007 Biletnikoff Award, which honors the top receiver in the nation. He went on to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay.
In Hull's first season in charge of OSU wide receivers, Mike Hass ended his stellar career as a first-team All-America selection and the winner of the 2005 Biletnikoff Award. Hass posted the third-highest receiving yards total (3,924) in league history. He is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
Hull also coached current St. Louis Rams' running back Steven Jackson during the 2003 season. Jackson was a first-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-America choice as a junior, his final season at OSU. He was a first-round draft choice in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Prior to his five seasons at Oregon State, Hull spent five years (1998-2002) at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross. He coached linebackers for one season before becoming wide receivers coach, as well as overseeing the kickoff coverage and kickoff return units. He also went on to become the passing game coordinator.
Hull was a standout wide receiver at Holy Cross from 1984-87, playing under former Maryland coach Mark Duffner his final two seasons. The Crusaders posted a 21-1 record his last two years and were ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA in 1987. Holy Cross also won the Colonial League title and the Lambert Cup that season. He was a preseason All-America choice as a junior.
He went on to play professionally with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Hull spent 1990-92 with Winnipeg where he was coached by Mike Riley in his first season. Riley was the head coach at Oregon State during Hull's five-year tenure. The Blue Bombers won the 1990 Grey Cup. He also played for Toronto in 1992.
Hull was also a free-agent signee of the New England Patriots in 1998.
Prior to joining Holy Cross, he coached at the prep level in Massachusetts for five years. He was offensive coordinator at South High School in Worcester, Mass., for three years (1992-94) and the passing game coordinator at Auburn High School in 1995. He returned to South High in 1996 as head coach.
During his coaching career, Hull has participated in a number of internships. In 1999 he interned in the CFL. In 2000 and 2001 he took part in the NFL's Minority Internship Program. In addition, he attended the 2007 Minority Coaches Forum in Chandler, Ariz.
Hull earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Holy Cross in 1988 and a master's in secondary education from Worcester State in 1995.
He had a stellar high school career as both a football player and track performer.
A native of Vineland, N.J., Hull lettered twice as a wide receiver for Vineland High School. He was selected All-Cape League, first-team All-South Jersey, first-team All-New Jersey Group-4, honorable mention all-state and the Vineland Student-Athlete of the Year. He was a long jumper and ran the 400 meters.
Hull and his wife, Stacey, have two sons, Alexander and Jordan, and one daughter, Laila.