Craig Lee grew up in Bloomington/Normal starting his soccer career in the Prairie Cities Soccer League Kindergarten Division and moved to the Bloomington-Normal Soccer Club a few years later. Lee was a member of the Illinois Olympic Development program as a goalkeeper for three years. He graduated from Normal Community High School in 1996 after starting four years in goal for the Ironmen, taking away an MVP award in his senior year. After playing college soccer for Northeastern Illinois University, he transferred to Bradley where he completed his degree in Biology.
Lee started his coaching career while attending Bradley University, commuting to Bloomington to coach BNSC’s U13 girl’s team. After graduating, he worked under Ryan Lakin as an assistant for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Millikin University for two years. During that time, Lee also coached the MacArthur High School Girl’s Program in Decatur. He became the Head Soccer Coach at Millikin University, working with the Women’s Program 2003-2005, and the Men’s program from 2003-2006. Lee became the first coach in Millikin history to compete internationally when he led the Men’s team to Barcelona for touring and competition in 2005; then followed the next year with the Women’s team tour of northern Italy. He has worked all over the Midwest at various summer camps including Central Illinois Soccer Academy at Bradley University, Creighton University Soccer Camps, Eastern Illinois Soccer School, Elite Girl’s Soccer Academy hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University, and Willy Roy Soccer Academy at Northern Illinois University. Lee holds a USSF "B" Coaching License as well as a NSCAA National Youth Diploma and has served on the NCAA Central Region Ranking Committee.