Carlos Lynn is returning to Cedar Hill, but this time as the Longhorns’ head football coach. The hire was approved on Monday night by the Cedar Hill school board.
A Dallas native, Lynn, 44, takes over for Joey McGuire, who left to become an assistant coach at Baylor last month. Lynn had been one of McGuire’s assistants with the Longhorns from 1998-2007, including defensive coordinator in 2006 when Cedar Hill won the Class 5A Division II state title.
Lynn comes from Arlington Seguin, where he spent the past nine years as the Cougars’ head football coach. He was 44-50 at Seguin, including 7-4 this past season — the most wins during his tenure. The Cougars made the postseason four times in 2016, 2013, 2009 and 2008, when they won their only playoff game. In 2016, Seguin lost in the 5A Division II bi-district round to Lancaster.
In 14 seasons with Cedar Hill, McGuire went 141-42 with playoff appearances the past 12 years. The Longhorns won UIL state titles in 2006, 2013 and 2014. Before his arrival in 2002, the program hadn’t won a playoff game.
This past season, the Longhorns were 11-3, losing to national champion Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, and twice to 6A Division II state champ DeSoto, including a 55-41 defeat in the state quarterfinals.
Arlington ISD athletic director Kevin Ozee said the Seguin opening will be posted in the next few days within the mandatory 10-day period. The list of candidates will be pared to six to eight with two rounds of interviews before a recommendation is brought to the AISD board.
Lynn said that being the next head coach at Cedar Hill was an “awesome opportunity” and “kind of surreal, but I’m so fired up.”
He said being head coach at Arlington Seguin was “great grooming for me as a head coach — my first head coaching job. Lot of bumps and bruises along the way, but my hats off to the city and the district, Arlington ISD, they’ve treated me tremendously.”
Staff writer Kevin Casas contributed to this report.