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Cagle leaves Ben Lippen

Stephen Cagle is stepping down as head football coach at Ben Lippen to join Dustin Curtis’s staff at Dorman High School as offensive coordinator.

“Dorman is a special place. More than that, I’m a relationship person. Coach Curtis is someone I’ve known almost my entire life,” Cagle said. “He played for my dad at Lexington High School under Jimmy Satterfield. He was my position coach my senior year at A.C. Flora. When he called and offered me the offensive coordinator position, and with my kids not in school yet, it was a situation that if we were going to make a move like this, it was just the right time. To have someone who has poured so much into my life, invested in me, and is one of my mentors puts it over the top.”

Cagle leaves Ben Lippen after just one season. The Falcons went 1-10 in 2021. Cagle said despite the record this was one of the most fun years he’s ever had in football.

“The kids gave the same level of effort when we went into a game 1-8 as they did when we were 0-0,” Cagle said. “They were playing for each other, and that was fun. At that point it was just about football.”

Cagle says while he was only a part of the Ben Lippen program a year, he built relationships that will last a lifetime. He said there were only a handful of people he would have even considered leaving Ben Lippen for and Curtis was one of those people.

Cagle has prior experience as an offensive coordinator, serving in the role at White Knoll under Dean Howell. While he learned a lot under Howell, Cagle believes his experience at Ben Lippen has expanded his perspective.

Although Cagle’s time at Ben Lippen was brief, it was impactful.

“I’m just so thankful to Ben Lippen for giving me this opportunity and to have the relationships I’ve built here,” Cagle said.

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