Dwuana “Dafne” Lee
Recruiting Director: Winchester, VA; Hagerstown, Frederedrick, and Baltimore, MD
Dwuana “Dafne” Lee is a Baltimore native and basketball connoisseur. Raised in the Cherry Hill community, Lee’s love for basketball and her precise skill in the game was nurtured first by family, friends and community leaders from her Cherry Hill neighborhood. When her family relocated to the Walbrook Junction community, Lee continued her involvement in sports and became a star player at Walbrook Senior High School.
After graduating from Walbrook Senior High School, Lee enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park and became a star NCAA Division I Women’s basketball player. Her many accolades as a collegiate ball player includes the opportunity to be part of a 1988-89 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four player; Final Four, ACC Regular Season Champions and ACC Tournament Champions player; 1990- NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Sweet 16 player; 1990- United States Sports Festival Olympic Gold Medalist- Minneapolis, Minnesota; 1991- NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen player; 1992- Team Ranked #1 in AP Women’s Division I Collegiate Basketball player; and NCAA Women’s Basketball Division I Elite “8” player.
Upon graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Lee became a highly sought after overseas, professional basketball player. Her professional basketball career began in 1993 on a Division I (Nike-Pully) League in Switzerland. In 1994, Lee was part of the Division I League Champions in Belgium, In 1995, she played Division I basketball in Israel. In 1996, Lee was part of a Division I League in Greece. In 1997, she played for the Israeli Division I League, and her team won the Elite Shur Holon: Rhonchetti Cup Division I championship. From 1998-99, Lee played on the China Elite Exhibition Team.
After retiring from playing pro basketball, Lee started coaching college and high school basketball. From 1994 –1996 and from 1998-1999, she served as the Associate Head Basketball Coach at Baltimore City Community College. From 1999 – 2000, Lee served as the Assistant Basketball Coach at Baltimore City Community College. From 2014 – 2016, she coached winning teams in the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament, the 2015-16 JUCCO Tournament Championship (regional champions), and the 2014 – 2015 Maryland JUCCO Tournament championship (finalists). From 2014 – 2016, Lee served as the Assistant Coach at Hagerstown Community College. Currently, she assists with recruitment at Frederick Community College.
As a high school basketball coach, Lee has led several local high school teams to championships including Western High School (2011-2014 MPSSA 4A Regionals & MPSSAA Regional Semi-finals in 2011, 2013 & 2014); Coppin Academy High School (2008-2011); BCPSS Charter School League Champions (2008-2010); Forest Park High School (2007-08); and South Side Academy High School (1999-2007). Lee’s most important job has been raising her teen son, R.J. Blakney. She is grooming him to continue their family’s basketball legacy.