Raised in Howard County, Gee blossomed just as Columbia exploded onto the sports scene as a boomtown for soccer. At Oakland Mills, he had 76 goals and 45 assists and led the Scorpions to the state Class B title in 1979. That year, he also traveled to Australia to play for the U.S. Junior World Cup team, of which he was captain. Then, at 18, he made history as the youngest player ever named to the Olympic squad, though the United States would boycott the 1980 Summer Games.