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Meet Coach Lee!
Director of Athletics

Kylene Lee was appointed as the Director of Athletics in 2021 and has been at Harpeth Hall since 2015. With her background as a high-level competitor, teacher, coach, and athletic administrator, Kylene collaboratively leads a staff of more than 120 coaches and empowers students to build memorable experiences as teammates and athletes. Before coming to Harpeth Hall, Kylene played golf as a Division I college athlete at the University of South Florida and played on the LPGA Futures Tour, qualifying for and competing in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open.

As a coach, what drew you to Harpeth Hall?

Watching the girls interact with each other, their coaches, and other adults made me realize that Harpeth Hall was doing something different, and I knew I wanted to be part of it.  

How do you see the athletics program support Harpeth Hall's mission of educating young women to think critically, to lead confidently, and to live honorably?

Sports act as a training ground for life. They naturally teach you to think critically when making in-game decisions, to lead confidently by taking action when the team needs someone to stand up, and to live honorably by doing the right thing even when everyone else might be doing something different. Temptations are everywhere in this world, including sports. Giving our girls endless opportunities to practice managing these situations directly supports our school's mission. It's easier to think about what's best for you vs. the team, it's easier to take a back seat and say "someone else will step up", and it's easier to not be honest when the result might look better if you weren't. Our girls don't do things perfectly, no one does -- but they continue to show up and try again. They stretch themselves in the pursuit of our mission, and, at the end of the day, that is a winning program. 

Is there anything you would say to a new student who was nervous to join a new team? 

You're not alone. I would love to say don't be nervous, but that's going to happen. Embrace it and reframe it. Being nervous isn't a negative feeling; it just means you're stepping out of your comfort zone and that is something to celebrate! The result might not be what you want it to be, but no one can take away the bravery it took for you to step into the unknown. 

What do you enjoy most about working at Harpeth Hall?

The girls and my colleagues. It's a place where people love what they do and love who they do it for.