Lexington called for Joshua Stepp, and the Lexington-area native was happy to answer the call.
Stepp was offered the position of athletics director and football coach at Lexington at a special meeting of the Lexington 1 Board of Trustees on Tuesday night. A Pelion High alumnus who began his career in the district, Stepp accepted the position with excitement.
“Being a product of Lexington 1 and growing up in the area, I was excited about the opportunity to go back to my home district, and to Lexington, which I believe is the best job in the state,” Stepp said.
Stepp was a two-sport start at Pelion and earned the 2001 Shrine Bowl Offensive MVP award before going on to play quarterback at Furman and Newberry.
Stepp, who served as Dreher’s football coach and offensive coordinator for the past three years, will take over the program that Scott Earley led since 2010. Earley announced in March that he would not return for the 2013-14 school year.
Stepp informed his players and staff at Dreher on Wednesday morning that he would not return.
In his first head coaching position, Stepp used confidence and high energy to revive the Blue Devils program. Dreher went from 0-10 in his first season to 8-2 in 2012.
“We knew success would come at Dreher, and it did,” he said. “What we’ve done at Dreher is build a structure and a foundation that they can continue to be successful. So I know they are going to be fine.”
Stepp said he leapt at the opportunity to join the Lexington program because holding the AD title has been one of his career goals.
“I couldn’t imagine a better place for me to pursue that goal than at Lexington,” he said. “That athletics program is phenomenal.”
Stepp got his coaching start in Lexington 1 as a quarterbacks coach and assistant baseball coach at Pelion in 2007. The following year, he served as quarterbacks coach and strength and conditioning coach at Blythewood, and in 2009 joined Spring Valley’s program as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.