Olentangy Liberty High School softball coach Bob Lee is retiring after more than 40 years of coaching at the prep level, including the last seven guiding the Patriots.

The Patriots, who won Division I district championships in 2014 and ’15 and then were district runners-up in 2016, went 9-11 this spring and lost in the second round of the district tournament.

“Basically I want to be able to be with my family more, and I have a grandchild who lives in Wyoming,” Lee said. “You have these stages in life, and that’s where I am now.”

Lee, who served for several years as an assistant boys basketball coach at Worthington under former coach Bob Miller, became the first coach in the Worthington Kilbourne softball program’s history in 1991.

He served in that role for 15 seasons, winning one district title, before guiding the Patriots to a 135-59 mark and four league titles.

“Coach Lee has done a tremendous job leading our softball program at Liberty for the past seven years,” athletics director Darin Meeker said. “He’s very passionate about the game but is also a very compassionate person. He certainly has had an incredible career in coaching high school sports throughout central Ohio. We’ll truly miss having him as part of our coaching staff and greatly appreciate everything that he’s done for Liberty.”

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