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DeSoto school board hires new head football coach

From 2017, Carl Sherman Jr., DeSoto ISD president, second from left, conducts a school board meeting to discuss the contract of DeSoto football head coach Todd Peterman.
From 2017, Carl Sherman Jr., DeSoto ISD president, second from left, conducts a school board meeting to discuss the contract of DeSoto football head coach Todd Peterman. Ben Torres

The DeSoto school board late Monday named Mike Robinson as the Eagles new head football coach.

Robinson spent the past 11 seasons in charge of North Mesquite, compiling a 52-62 record. The Mustangs were 3-7 this past season. He replaces Todd Peterman, who resigned in January.

Robinson’s hiring comes during a tumultuous few months for the DeSoto school district, which includes Peterman's departure Jan. 18, followed by the ouster of superintendent David Harris about a month later. Peterman led DeSoto to its only UIL football state title in 2016 and was 32-8 in three seasons.

Robinson was part of a 3A state championship team at Commerce in 1999, serving as an assistant under former Euless Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver.

"A good hire for DeSoto," Lineweaver said late Monday. "... Good for the DeSoto kids. A communicator with the integrity and mental strength to lead this high-profile program."

Robinson’s first head coaching position was at Wilmer-Hutchins, where he went 40-17. He had stopovers at Lancaster and Dallas Hillcrest prior to North Mesquite.

The new Eagles coach will have his work cut out for him in his first season, as DeSoto was drawn into what’s commonly being referred to as the “District of Doom” – the 7-6A grouping that includes three-time state champion Cedar Hill, along with Grand Prairie, South Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Mansfield Summit and Waxahachie.

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