A native of Williston, North Dakota, Warren Lee joined the University of Arizona athletic department in 1964 as a graduate assistant following his graduation from Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Washington.
The next year, he served as athletic trainer at Pueblo High School in Tucson, Arizona. Upon completion of his master’s degree in 1966, Warren joined the University of New Mexico athletic department staff as an assistant athletic trainer. He returned to the University of Arizona as an assistant athletic trainer in 1968 and was promoted to head athletic trainer in 1970. He served in this capacity until his death in 1982 from cancer. He was 41 years old.
From 1974-1976, Warren served as district director of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association and represented RMATA on the board of directors of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Affectionately referred to as “The Chief”, Warren was beloved in the Tucson community and was a pillar of the Arizona and RMATA athletic training profession. As fate would have it, Warren left us way too early, but he will never be forgotten.