CHELMSFORD -- Chelmsford High has hired a new football coach.
Former Lexington High head coach George Peterson has accepted an offer to take over the Lions' program.
Peterson enjoyed a successful eight-year run at Lexington High, leading the Minutemen to six playoff appearances and back-to-back (2016, 2017) Middlesex League Liberty Division championships.
The New Hampshire resident played football at the University of New Hampshire.
Chelmsford High and Peterson broke the news on separate Twitter posts on Monday.
Peterson thanked Lexington for "allowing me the privilege of coaching the tremendous young men in Lexington. I am forever grateful!"
Peterson is taking over for Dave Kaizer, who stepped down after three seasons at the helm.
Kaizer led the Lions to playoff appearances during his first two seasons, but Chelmsford slipped to 3-8 last fall. Kaizer went out on a high note, as the Lions upset rival Billerica, 6-0, on Thanksgiving.