Upon coming to Old Dominion as the head assistant, Lee Pritts was asked by friends and colleagues why he left Missouri, where he was an assistant coach for six seasons. The answer was simple.
"Old Dominion is a gold-mine," he said.
That gold-mine and the potential for winning made Pritts and easy choice for long-time friend Steve Martin.
Pritts brings an immediate intensity to the Old Dominion wrestling program that meshes well with the current staff and its direction for the program.
As a competitor, Pritts was a three-time NCAA qualifier from 1996-98. After a stint at Garden City Community College where he was teammates with former Old Dominion wrestler Mark Strickland (1997-98), Pritts claimed All-American honors in 1996 at Eastern Michigan.
Unseeded coming into the 1996 tournament at Minneapolis, Pritts achieved All- American status. Pritts won two Mid-America Conference championships and after transferring to Clarion for his senior season, won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Eastern Wrestling League titles at 118 pounds.
A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, Pritts followed high school coach Brian Smith to Missouri. Pritts was a vital piece of Missouri's rebuilding mission. The Tigers were perennially at the bottom of the Big 12 conference, but with Pritts, the Tigers earned their first victory over national powerhouse Oklahoma State in 2003-04.
Missouri had breakout seasons, winning the 2002 Virginia Duals National College Division.
He's coached six NCAA All-American and two NCAA finalists as well as helped guide the Tigers to tournament titles at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Southern Scuffle, Mat Town USA tournament and a runner-up fi nish in the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals, which puts the top 16 teams in the nation against each other in a dual-tournament format.
Pritts and his wife Krista and newborn son Briggs (born August 2005) live in Norfolk, Va. Pritts enjoys the outdoors and spending time at the Martin's farm in Knotts Island, N.C. When he's not working with wrestling, you can find him at the beach either surfing or wakeboarding and teaching his new son the finer points of wrist control.