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DFW powerhouse football program looking for new coach after surprise resignation

Southlake Carroll running back TJ McDaniel (4) tries to fight off a tackle from DeSoto linebacker Shemar Turner (32) during the first half, Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018 in the 6A Division I Area playoff game played at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, TX.
Southlake Carroll running back TJ McDaniel (4) tries to fight off a tackle from DeSoto linebacker Shemar Turner (32) during the first half, Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018 in the 6A Division I Area playoff game played at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, TX. Special to the Star-Telegram

After one season, Mike Robinson is stepping away from his head coaching duties at DeSoto and will accept a role as assistant athletic director for DeSoto ISD, according to Dave Campbell’s Matt Stepp.

Robinson was with North Mesquite in 2017 before DeSoto approved the move in February.

The Eagles, who won a state title in 2016, made the hiring after parting ways with Todd Peterman, who spent 12 years with the program and three as head coach.


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Peterman, who resigned in January, left to go to Brewer.

DeSoto finished 9-3 this season and 5-2 in District 7-6A. The Eagles beat Dallas Skyline 55-53 in the first round of the playoffs before they were knocked off by Southlake Carroll 41-20 in area.

On the season, the Eagles averaged 35 points and 425 yards per game. The defense allowed 23.8 points per game and registered 28 sacks and 21 takeaways.

Robinson, who was an assistant on Commerce’s 1999 state-title team with Steve Lineweaver, was 52-62 in 11 years at North Mesquite, which went 3-7 in 2017. North Mesquite was 10-3 and went to the regional semifinals in 2015.

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