Steve Lineweaver was inspired by legendary coach Chuck Moser’s football program as a child growing up in Abilene. Over 22 seasons as head coach at Carroll, Commerce and Euless Trinity schools (winning four state championships along the way), his interest has since far outstripped that idle curiosity of boyhood.
Early Life and Education
Lineweaver idolized legendary Abilene High Eagles coach Chuck Moser when he was growing up there, who won two state titles under him between 1954 and 1957, becoming one of the top programs nationwide.
As head coach at Southlake Carroll, Commerce, and Trinity he has encountered all aspects of socioeconomic and cultural situations in 22 years as head coach – winning four state championships while making it to three state finals on three occasions.
Though his success has been tremendous, he remains humble and dedicated to serving the community. In 2015 he was recognized by the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award and Catalyst of Hope award. Additionally he volunteers weekly at Six Stones organization doing volunteer work as well as mentor young coaches throughout his career.
Lineweaver amassed an outstanding 258-43-2 record over 22 years as high school football coach at Commerce and Trinity, winning four state titles (one at Commerce, three at Trinity).
At Trinity, he oversaw a transformational football program which produced over 100 players who earned full four-year scholarships during his time there.
Lineweaver made his return from retirement late March to join Riley Dodge’s coaching staff at Carroll, but his time there was short lived; he was let go from Friday. It remains uncertain if or when another head coaching opportunity may present itself for Lineweaver; in his free time he enjoys listening to rock music – particularly Seattle-based groups like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains – while playing basketball and baseball in his spare time.
Achievement and Honors
As a young boy growing up in Abilene, Lineweaver was mesmerized by Chuck Moser’s football teams at Abilene High. These legendary teams were known for their disciplined approach to physical football play – not to mention Chuck Moser’s ongoing enthusiasm and commitment for this great game.
Lineweaver earned four state championships over his 22-year coaching tenure at Carroll, Commerce and Euless Trinity high schools – boasting one of the highest winning percentages in Texas high school football history.
At Trinity, Lineweaver established a rich legacy of excellence and community unity through football. Under his watch, Trinity consistently finished in High School Football America’s Regular Season Top 25 list for regular season play and was recognized with induction into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
His film career took off after playing roles such as high school bully in “My Bodyguard”, summer-camp Romeo in “Little Darlings”, and poor boy trying to reconcile family loyalty and individual ambition in Garry Marshall’s adaptation of “The Flamingo Kid.” Over time he became well-known for playing intelligent young leading men.
He served 15 seasons at Trinity, winning state titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Additionally, he spent seven seasons coaching Commerce’s Tigers to a 3A championship win.
Lineweaver was brought out of retirement this season to assist Southlake Carroll, but soon found himself replaced when Riley Dodge became their head coach in late March. Shortly thereafter, Hurst-Euless Bedford ISD named Lineweaver the new coach at Euless Trinity – something Lineweaver had anticipated all along.
Jim and his team at Lineweaver Financial Group, Lineweaver Wealth Advisors and LFG Tax Services provide comprehensive wealth management services for high net-worth private and corporate clients. Working together, their companies coordinate financial, tax, legal and insurance planning processes.
Lineweaver stands out among his peers with a salary of $114,413, placing him among the highest-paid coaches in his area.
Lineweaver spends his free time participating in weekly community service projects at Six Stones Catalyst of Hope and supporting the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce as well as coaching junior high football each spring. Furthermore, he serves as an elder at Cross Church. Together with Melinda, they have four children and six grandchildren.