After leading the Olentangy Liberty High School field hockey program the last seven seasons, Marianne Flannery recently stepped down as coach.

The Patriots went 100-28-4 under Flannery, including reaching the state tournament for the only time in program history in 2016.

Liberty was a district runner-up last fall and this season lost in a district semifinal to finish 14-4 overall. The Patriots were runners-up (7-1) in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division behind Thomas Worthington (8-0).

“I recently accepted a new (job), which will require more of my time, attention and focus,” Flannery said. “More importantly is the impact on my time availability for my own family. When I started coaching I was home with my two boys, as they were an infant and toddler. Now they’re both in elementary school and I’ve returned to the workforce. The demands of coaching just took too much time away from them.

“I’ve had amazing support by Liberty athletics, the high school and the district. I do plan to stay involved in field hockey and have some plans coming up for some new coaching opportunities to continue to support the sport in the area.”

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