Quisenberry Takes Over At Midland Lee

Midland Lee High School has tabbed former Abilene Cooper coach Randy Quisenberry as the Rebels' 11th head coach in the school's history. He will also serve as the school's athletic director.

Quisenberry, 49, is an Odessa native and since the early 1980s has made coaching stops at different West Texas schools, including Odessa, Odessa Permian, Midland and Abilene Cooper. He coached the Cooper Cougars for five years and captured or shared three district titles in ringing up a 41-18 mark.

Quisenberry replaces John Parchman, who led Lee to three consecutive state titles from 1998-2000 led in strong part by running back Cedric Benson. Quisenberry won out over eight other finalists for the job in a pack trimmed from the nearly 30 applicants who put their names in for the high-profile job.

Cooper finished 6-5 this past season and won its second straight outright district title before falling to DeSoto in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

In other coaching news, Doyle Browning was named head football coach at Seymour. Browning has been at the school for 11 years and replaces Ken Cates, who resigned following a 6-4 season for the Panthers. Browning served as running backs and secondary coach last year. Prior to coming to Seymour he was the offensive coordinator at Rising Star.

In Panhandle news, Eddie Metcalf, the defensive coordinator at Class A power Stratford, was elevated to head coach. Metcalf replaces Brad Thiessen, who moved on to Levelland. Metcalf served as DC for the past 10 years and is a Panhandle native. He has also had coaching stops in his 19-year career at Lubbock Roosevelt, Brownwood, Morton and Stratford.

Stratford has reached the playoffs seven times in the past 10 seasons, including the 2000 Class A state championship and state semifinal showings in 1999 and 2001. Last year's Elks reached the state quarterfinals and return 14 starters for Metcalf.

Clint Horizon, which will begin varsity play this year in District 2-4A, has selected Robert Morales to lead the football program. He was one of 16 applicants and three finalists for the job. Morales served as offensive coordinator at El Paso Ysleta the past five years and also served a year at El Paso Riverside.

Horizon's Scorpion football teams played a freshman schedule two seasons ago and junior varsity schedule last year.

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