MIDLOTHIAN — Former Cedar Hill High School Defensive Coordinator Steven Lemley accepted the same position at Midlothian High School last week per confirmation from multiple sources.
The news comes in the wake Cedar Hill Defensive Line Coach Frank Sandoval's expected departure to take a coaching position at Mexia High School.
“I’m excited for Coach Lemley to be able to be the defensive coordinator at Midlothian," Lynn said to TexasHSfootball.com on Wednesday. "He will have an immediate impact there.”
Lemley, who spent 12 years with CISD, won three state titles with former Head Coach Joey McGuire, who accepted a position on new Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule's staff in December. Lynn, the Arlington Seguin High School's former head coach, replaced McGuire in January.
Lemley marks the third coach to leave Cedar Hill High School in the last year. New Waxahachie Offensive Coordinator Aaron Woods joined the staff after the WISD February school board.
Lynn spent time as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator from 199 and 2007 and helped a state championship in 2006 — the first state football title in Cedar Hill history. The two more came under Lemley.
Though new Waxahachie Offensive Coordinator Aaron Woods doesn't remember the exact day Lemley left CISD — approximately the week after spring break or two weeks after spring break — he applauded the Panthers acquisition of his 14-year friend. Woods said left CISD as the offensive line coach to join Indian Head Coach Jon Kitna's staff and was hired after the WISD February school board meeting.
"He is one of my best friends," said Woods who was hired onto McGuire's staff with Lemley in 2003. "He told me Midlothian offered him a position and he accepted it. That team just got a heck of a coach."
Lemley also confirmed the coaching move and the March 27 two-year contract signing.
Between 2003 and 2016, McGuire, Lemley, Woods and the Longhorns amassed a 137-77 record, won three state championships (2006, 2013, 2014) and appeared in the 2012 6A state title game. The trio also won nine bi-district championships and seven district championships.
There are only three coaches — Running Backs Coach Kyle Morales, Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Benjamin and Safeties coach Calvin Ruzicka — that are still on the roster from the 2013 and 2014 state championship teams. Former Cornerback Coach James Sapp left to become the linebackers coach at Texas Wesleyan University and former Offensive Coordinator Mike Glaze and Offensive Line Coach Chris Eldridge are now the LD Bell High School head coach and offensive coordinator.
Former Tight Ends Coach Stephen Smith left to become the defensive quality control coach at the University of Tennessee.
Cedar Hill finished 11-3 in 2016, losing to highly-touted ESPN 300 four-star quarterback Shawn Robinson and DeSoto High School in the Class 6A DII state quarterfinals. The Longhorns' defense allowed an average of 20 points per game during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
During the back-to-back championship stretch, they averaged 14.1 and 29.88 points per game allowed, respectively. Midlothian's defense averaged 39.7 points per game allowed in 2016.
The Midlothian Mirror made multiple efforts to reach out to both Cedar Hill and Midlothian High Schools' athletic departments for the specific resignation as well as details on Lemley's resignation from CISD but received no response by press time. The story is developing. Marcus S. Marion can be reached for story idea submissions or concerns at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter at @MarcusMarionWNI.