Leander promotes Warehime to defensive coordinator

David Warehime will replace former Leander Lions defensive coordinator Tony Salazar, who will be joining Todd Dodge's staff in Marble Falls later this month. 


Leander head football coach and athletic coordinator Clint Harper confirmed this week that assistant defensive coordinator David Warehime will replace outgoing defensive coordinator Tony Salazar.

Salazar helmed the No. 1 scoring defense in District 25-4A, which allowed just seven points a game during the 2012-13 regular season. 

For the past four seasons under Salazar's leadership as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, Leander has developed a reputation as one of the better defensive teams in the state.

That reputation has only grown after an even more impressive performance during last season's six-game district schedule that included meetings with state semifinalist Rouse and eventual 4A, Division II state champion Cedar Park, when Leander's defense gave up only 57 points -- less than half the 129.29 points averaged across the district over the same period. 

Harper said that Salazar told him last week that he would be leaving to join Todd Dodge's staff in Marble Falls. 

Dodge, who took over the reigns in Marble Falls just prior to the 2012-13 season, won five state titles at Southlake Carroll in the 2000's.

The Mustangs allowed nearly 42 points a game defensively in a 4-6 campaign in Dodge's first year in Marble Falls. 

Harper said he was able to move quickly to replace Salazar because Warehime had been a part of the program since the 2009 season and was ready to step in.

"Tony has done a great job for us here, and I wish him the best," said Harper. "But, we're going to move on and do great things."

A graduate of North Texas, Warehime has spent more than 25 years in the public school system, coaching at Belton High School, Moody High School and Lewisville High School before moving to Leander.