Baylor School, Class of 1977
Sports: Baseball, Football, Swimming, Wrestling, Basketball, Track & Field
You could say that Lee Dyer has mastered the fine art of
multitasking. His freshman year at Baylor, Dyer spread his time between not two, not three, but six sports. He eventually
whittled the list down to baseball, football, and swimming, and he lettered multiple years in all three sports. His senior year, he was captain of the baseball and football teams, an All-City performer in baseball, and the recipient of the Alexander Guerry Leadership Award, Ted Nelson Best Athlete Award, and Tommy Mullican Award – Baylor’s most prestigious athletic honors. Fast-forward four decades, and Dyer is still multitasking. He’s now balancing his faith, family (including two sons, also Baylor grads), work, and an enduring career as a football official.
Q. What was your favorite thing about playing sports in high school?
A. Definitely the camaraderie and the friendships I built with my teammates and coaches. To this day, these men are some of my closest friends. We’ve kept in touch through phone calls, reunions, and fundraising efforts for Baylor.
Q. Who were your coaches, and what impact did they have on you?
A. I had a lot of coaches [laughs], but two that stand out are Luke Worsham and Gene Etter. These guys basically pushed me every day – not only on the field, but off the field as well. They instilled in me principles like teamwork, preparation, and sacrifice.
Q. Did you continue to play sports after high school?
A. I had offers to play football and baseball at different schools. I ultimately chose to play baseball at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and I was an outfielder all four years there. That’s when I got into officiating, and that career has continued to this day. I began officiating high school sports, then I moved on to the Southern Conference, then the SEC, and now the NFL.
Q. What advice would you give today’s high school athletes?
A. First, play more than one sport if you’re given the opportunity. It helps break up the monotony so that you don’t burn out. Second, work hard to balance sports with academics. And third, once you stop playing, find ways to give back to your sport. I’d really encourage former athletes to get involved in officiating; it’s very rewarding, and we need officials right now in all sports.
“I’ll never forget my senior season of baseball. In the district tournament, I hit four home runs in four consecutive games – two of those were grand slams!”