|Position:||Assistant Coach-Running Backs/Tight Ends|
Josh Stepp, formerly the head football coach and athletic director at Lexington (S.C.) High School, has joined Shawn Elliott’s Georgia State staff as running backs and tight ends coach.
In four seasons at Lexington, Stepp posted a 36-17 record from 2013-16, despite inheriting a program that had gone 3-8 the year before he arrived. The Wildcats posted winning records and reached at least the second round of the playoffs in each of his four seasons.
The highlight of his tenure came in 2015, when he led his squad to a 13-game winning streak and a berth in the state championship game. Along the way, Lexington knocked off top-seeded and nationally-ranked Spartanburg to advance to the Class 4A, Division II state finals for the first time in 15 years. Stepp was honored as 4A Lower State Coach of the Year and Region V Coach of the Year.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Pelion (S.C.) High School, his alma mater, in 2007 and continued with assistant coaching assignments at Blythewood High School (2008) and Spring Valley High School, where he served as offensive coordinator in 2009.
Stepp earned his first head coaching position at Dreher High School, where he coached three seasons (2010-12) before taking over as head coach and athletic director at Lexington. He led Dreher to an 8-2 mark in 2012 for the school’s best season in more than a decade.
A three-sport standout at Pelion, including all-state honors in football and baseball, Stepp began his career at Furman. He transferred to Newberry (S.C.) College and enjoyed a enjoyed a record-setting three-year career at quarterback (2004-06), including All-America and National Player of the Week honors. He finished his career as Newberry’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions, and he was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Pelion High School Hall of Fame.
He graduated cum laude from Newberry in 2007 with a B.S. degree in physical education and then added a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix.
Stepp and his wife Caryn have two daughters, Rilee Hope (9) and Emma Paisley (3). He has a twin brother, Justin, who is the receivers coach at SMU.