After six seasons as Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer coach, Rick Collins announced at the team's banquet Nov. 13 that he was stepping down.

After six seasons as Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer coach, Rick Collins announced at the team's banquet Nov. 13 that he was stepping down.

The Patriots went 9-4-4 overall and 2-2-1 in the OCC-Buckeye Division this season.

"The basis for this is balance in my life," Collins said. "I work full time in (information technology) and have a family of three kids, ages 7, 5 and 11 months. As I've advanced in my career and taken on more responsibilities, including quite a bit of travel, and my family has grown, it has become very difficult to give my full focus and attention to being a head coach at Liberty."

Collins, 38, guided the Patriots to an 89-21-15 mark that included Division I state runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2014 and a state championship in 2012.

A Watkins Memorial graduate, Collins served as an assistant at his alma mater for nine years and was an assistant for one season at Liberty before taking over the program in 2011.

"I can't say that I'll never coach high school soccer again, but I'm definitely done for a long while," Collins said. "In the near term, I'll coach my kids for as long as they play and/or want me to be part of things. … I've loved coaching high school soccer and Liberty has been an amazing place to coach."

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