SMU snatches L.D. Bell coach: internal hiring at Euless Trinity "favorable"

SMU snatches L.D. Bell coach: internal hiring at Euless Trinity "favorable"

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SMU snatches L.D. Bell coach: internal hiring at Euless Trinity "favorable"

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Hurst-Euless-Bedord ISD athletic director Mike Fielder is looking for two football coaching positions but said hiring an internal candidate to succeed Steve Lineweaver at Euless Trinity was “favorable”.

The 68-year-old Lineweaver announced his retirement Dec. 16 after arriving at Trinity in 2000. Trinity won Class 5A titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009 but, just as importantly, established a legacy of community building in Euless which had a nationally known program for its Polynesian game-day dances, nationally respected qualify of play and even a Gatorade commercial with Bill Parcells. For more on Lineweaver’s career

“We have opened the (Trinity) position for internal candidates,” Fielder said. “We have have great confidence with opening up internally, and, that would be favorable for someone on the existing staff.”

Fielder said if no leading internal candidate emerges, from the interviews, the job would be posted to outside applicants. Bell will be posted within the week to outside applicants.

SMU coach Chad Morris has added L.D. Bell’s Smith, who joins DeSoto coach Claude Mathis on Morris’ staff. Mathis will be an assistant coach. Smith will work with the football program in overseeing SMU’s recruiting.

Smith succeeded Gary Olivo in 2011. Smith joined HEB ISD in 2009 after spending time as a coach with the University of Oklahoma. He also spent several years with Irving MacArthur and Colleyville Heritage High School. An Abilene native, Smith has a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University.

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