MIDLOTHIAN — Midlothian High School's Sid Danner, head coach of a Lady Panther team that went 12-11 overall and 8-6 in District 10-5A play in 2017, resigned from his position within MISD on May 30.
The MHS girls soccer program announced his replacement, former Ennis High School Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach Brent Stapleton, via Twitter 28 days later on Tuesday.
"Let's give a big Panther welcome to new MHS Girls Soccer Coach, Brent Stapleton," the Lady Panthers said to their new coach.
Between 2013 and 2017, the Danner-led Lady Panthers compiled 71-13-8 overall and 42-9-8 district records in the University Interscholastic League 5A and 6A classifications. During the 2014-15 season, the Lady Panthers went 12-0 in District 8-6A, were ranked eighth in the state and No. 79 nationally by CBS Sports' affiliate MaxPreps and reached the area round of the postseason.
They reached the bi-district round in 2016-17, the area round in both the 2015-16 and 2014-15 seasons and the regional quarterfinal round in 2013-14.
Under Danner, Midlothian girls' soccer finished first in their district once and second twice. The 2016-17 season fourth place finish behind Mansfield Legacy, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Red Oak High Schools was the lowest during his tenure.
Danner departed Midlothian to accept a position at as a head soccer coach at Kennedale High School and join former MHS volleyball coach Mary Malone.
Stapleton is no stranger to either success or Ellis County of Midlothian sports after tangling with the Indians and Lady Indians, the Hawks and Lady Hawks and the Panthers and Lady Panthers in multiple district battles.
In 16 years of coaching — seven at Ennis ISD — the Texas Wesleyan University alumnus captured two Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2013) and lead teams to 16 playoff appearances, eight district titles. He made three girls' regional semifinal appearances (2002, 2003, 2007) and one girls' regional final appearance (2005).
He also led a boys' team to the state title game in 2003 and another to the regional semifinals in 2006. The 2013 Ennis Lions became the first boys' soccer team to claim a district title in school history and the 2013 Lions reached the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL 5A playoffs.
Marcus S. Marion, @MarcusMarionWNI