Lee Bridges, the head football coach at San Antonio Stevens since 2005, has been hired to take over the program at Leander. His hiring was approved Thursday night by the Leander school board.
The only coach that Stevens has had, Bridges was 36-43 with four playoff appearances over seven seasons.
Bridges also has held head coaching positions at Austin High, Killeen and San Antonio Taft. He led Taft to the Class 5A, Division I championship game in 2001, and San Antonio Stevens reached the semifinal round of the Class 5A, Division I playoffs in 2010.
“You couldn’t ask for a better guy than Lee Bridges,” said Chris Ross, athletic director of the Leander school district, in a statement. “He is focused on ensuring that his students succeed, both on the field and in the classroom.”
At Leander, Bridges will succeed Clint Harper, who left in February to coach at Marshall High in East Texas. In two seasons with the Lions, Harper was 19-6.
In 2012, Leander finished 11-2 and reached the third round of the Class 4A, Division I playoffs. The Lions are expected to return 12 starters in the fall.