As Mark Lefebvre developed into one of the premier small-school football coaches in Indiana over the past 20 years, the thought of coaching at his alma mater — North Miami — always intrigued him.
The timing never seemed to work itself out favorably enough to make that happen. At least until now.
After two stints at Southern Wells, sandwiched by a stop at Maconaquah, Lefebvre will return to Denver to lead the Warriors' gridiron program, where he cut his teeth as an assistant coach while working his way through college from 1985 to 1991.
“It’s really exciting to be back here and back in a program that I was fortunate enough to coach in during the late '80s and early '90s," Lefebvre said. "That was a pretty fun time in North Miami football. To have an opportunity to come back here and make it a place where you get to put your stamp on it is pretty special. ... This seems like it's meant to be.”
Lefebvre returns to North Miami after developing quite the resume. After completing his student teaching at Southern Wells in 1992, he accepted the head coaching job in 1993, and led the Raiders to a 22-19 record in four seasons.
He returned to Miami County in 1997 to coach at Maconaquah, leading the Braves to a 9-13 record in two seasons. His 1998 squad went 6-6 and fell in the sectional championship round.
Southern Wells came calling once again, and he returned to Poneto to lead the Raiders, where he won three sectional and three regional titles. His 2001 squad went 14-1 and won a Class A state championship.
Lefebvre inherits a Warriors program that has a proud history, as well. The Warriors boast four sectional titles since the IHSAA went to five classes in 1985. The 1993 squad claimed a Class A state title, and the program is coming off of a sectional crown in 2012.