INDIANAPOLIS – How big of a dream was it for Lee Hull to coach in the NFL?
Earlier this offseason, Hull stepped down from a collegiate head coaching position to become the Colts wide receivers coach.
Get to know new Wide Receivers Coach Lee Hull:
Describe your journey to Indianapolis
"My first coaching job was in high school at Worcester South High School in Massachusetts. I was there for five years, last two years I was the head coach. Then I went to my alma mater, Holy Cross. I was there for five years. I was first the linebackers coach, then the receivers coach/passing game coordinator. While I was at Holy Cross, I did two NFL minority internships with the San Diego Chargers when Mike Riley was there. After Holy Cross, I went to Oregon State with Mike Riley. I was the running backs coach for the first two years and the wide receivers coach for the last three years. Then I went to the University of Maryland where I was the receivers coach for six years. Then the previous two years I was the head coach at Morgan State University in Baltimore."Most memorable moment in football
"It was probably two years ago when we won the conference championship at Morgan State, which they hadn't done in 35 years. It was the first time they had ever been to the FCS Playoffs."When did you know you wanted to be a coach?
"When I got done playing football, I kind of didn't know what I wanted to do. That's when I went to Worcester South. I taught school for six years and coached football. That was to kind of see if I liked being a coach. After my experience there coaching and being with the young men and seeing those guys grow and being able to be a positive influence in their lives, that's probably when I knew I wanted to be a coach and go to college to be a college coach."Favorite part about coaching
"Coming from college, just seeing the players grow into men and being a positive influence on them. Being able to shape and mold those guys into young men. Obviously it's different in the NFL. But still kind of in the same way, being able to help them reach their goals."Describe your coaching style
"I guess pretty calm, laid back a little bit. I do get after it when I need to do. I think that's more of who I am. I guess you just try to build relationships and getting guys to relate because that's the biggest thing as a coach. They've got to know that you care before they are going to listen to you. You really try to build relationships with the guys and be direct. I told the guys I'm brutally honest and I'm going to tell you the truth. I'm not going to sugarcoat things and I think they like that approach."Who was your biggest influence growing up?
"Yeah, I'd say Mark Duffner. He recruited me out of high school to Holy Cross and was the defensive coordinator for two years. Then my last two years, he was my head coach. He's probably had the biggest influence on my coaching career. He's kind of my mentor, go-to-guy when I have questions."Favorite hobby
"My kids."Favorite food
"Fried chicken."Favorite movie
"The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."Favorite place you've traveled
"Paris for my honeymoon."Why Indianapolis?"Ever since I've started to coach I've always wanted to coach at the highest of levels. This is the highest level. When you strive to want to be the best coach and coach at the highest level, this is the place to be. Then also, it was a great opportunity to come to Indy and it was one of the top five franchises in the league. Obviously, everything I heard about Chuck (Pagano) being a great guy and a good person to work for, that's part of the equation. In this business, in this field, you want to work for somebody that gets it and understands how to treat people. You do have your family. Those values are important. Everything I heard about Chuck coming into it was important."Favorite Spot/Part about Indy/Colts
"I haven't been here too long so I don't think I have a favorite spot. I haven't been out much."What do you want to see out of your wide receiver group?
"I want them to be a complete receiver. A receiver that blocks, that obviously catches the ball, runs great routes and are selfless. Team players."Family
Wife: Stacey. Sons: Alexander, Jordan. Daughter: Laila.