St. Pius X football will have a new chief on the gridiron next season. According to a school spokesperson, former head football coach Stephen Hill has resigned after four seasons at the helm, and will be replaced by Erik DeHaven, who has served as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator since 2014.
“Coach DeHaven has a real passion, relentless work ethic, and truly loves working with the kids,” St. Pius X Athletic Director Jason Kimball said in a release. “Erik and I both share the same goals and vision for the program, and I look forward to working with him both on and off the field.”
DeHaven was previously an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Lutheran South Academy from 2011-14. He is also a previous two-time District 4A Coach of the Year at Lutheran High North, where he took a program with losing records his first two seasons to four straight winning seasons, including 9-3 and 10-2 records. During his tenure from 2005-11, the Lions won the school’s first district championship and ranked in the state top 10 for four consecutive seasons.
“I am blessed to have this opportunity and touched to be a part of this community that believes in excellence both on and off the field,” DeHaven said. “St. Pius X High School is a very special place and I am grateful to be a part of a historic tradition.”
Hill headed to hill country
According to a tweet from Matt Stepp with Dave Campbell’s Texas Football — and later confirmed by Hill’s tweet Tuesday evening — Hill has agreed to take a position as Texas State University’s Director of High School Relations.
In four seasons at St. Pius X, Hill led the Panthers to a 39-9 record, including three consecutive TAPPS state semifinal appearances from 2015-17 and a state runner-up finish last season at the hands of Prestonwood Christian School. He also called the shots for one of the most prolific offenses in the state, as his Panthers squads cumulatively averaged nearly 45 points per contest.
Before coming to West Donovan, Hill led The Kinkaid School to back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) Division I state championships in 2010 and 2011 and to a runner-up finish in 2012. In 2011, Hill’s team finished the season undefeated and ranked 37th in the state for all classifications 5A-6 man – the highest ever for a private school.
Prior to his appointment at Kinkaid, Hill directed the No. 1 offense in HISD for two years at Westbury High School, where his teams averaged more than 35 points and over 485 yards per game. He also made previous coaching stops at Royal High School in Brookshire, Chavez High School and Memorial High School.
He holds an all-time coaching record of 80-18.