Desean Motley just wrapped up his third season as a part of Lees-McRae's coaching staff in 2018-19, and his second year as one of the program's assistant coaches.
Lees-McRae’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Hardin announced the hiring of Desean Motley as the program’s new assistant coach on August 24, 2017. Motley spent the 2016-17 season as a student assistant for the Bobcats.
“It is truly a blessing to be able to live out a lifelong dream of becoming a college coach,” said Motley. “I grew up watching my dad coach for over 20 years, which made me want to pursue this profession. I am grateful that Coach Hardin believes in me enough to grant me this opportunity to be on his coaching staff and continue to learn.”
“I am proud to add Coach Motley officially as an assistant coach to my staff,” Hardin said. “Desean was a tireless worker as our student assistant last season, he is a graduate from Lees-McRae and a true Bobcat. Not many basketball staffs are entirely made up of coach’s sons and I feel that is an advantage for us both on and off the court.”
Motley played high school basketball under his father at Orange High School in Hillsborough, North Carolina where his father has been the coach for 23 years. Through the years of 2009-2012 he averaged 14 points per game, six rebounds, and five assists throughout his high school career.
Following his high school career, he received a scholarship from Ohio Valley University where he spent his freshmen year. Motley then transferred the next year to Lees-McRae College and played two years of basketball for the Bobcats. For his senior year he decided to start his coaching career early and follow his father’s footsteps and become a basketball coach. As a student assistant last season, Motley’s duties involved scouting, on-campus recruiting, travel, individual workouts and assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program.
“I couldn’t think of a better place to start my coaching career than at my alma mater,” said Motley. “I know the work has just begun and I am ready to get started. Go Bobcats!”