Over the past three seasons under coach Marc D’Auteuil, the Olentangy Liberty boys soccer team recaptured the success it enjoyed when it reached three Division I state tournaments from 2011-14.

D’Auteuil, who guided the Patriots to a state runner-up finish last fall, stepped down earlier this week.

“We’re expecting our fourth child, and due to the fact I teach out of the district, something had to give,” he said. “I’ve always identified myself as a soccer coach, but I’m a husband and a dad first. This is a little bit of a leap of faith, but it’s the right decision at this time.”

D’Auteuil, who works in the Dublin school district, guided the Dublin Coffman girls to a 97-21-25 record from 2009-15 with state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2014. He also led the Coffman boys team to a district title in 2008.

Liberty went 89-21-15 in six seasons under former coach Rick Collins before he stepped down at the end of the 2016 season. Under Collins, the Patriots won the state title in 2012 and were state runners-up in 2011 and 2014.

Under D’Auteuil, Liberty went 50-8-3, including 14-0-1 in the OCC-Buckeye Division with titles each season.

After a district runner-up finish in 2017, the Patriots lost in a state semifinal in 2018 and fell to Cleveland St. Ignatius 4-0 in the state final last season.

“I can’t say enough about my experience at Liberty,” D’Auteuil said. “I worked for an elite athletic director (in Darin Meeker) and it’s one of the best programs in the state. I’m proud of what we accomplished, loved the big games that coaching at Liberty provided and most importantly got to coach some tremendous kids.”

D’Auteuil hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching but added it “has to be the right situation like Liberty absolutely was.”

Meeker said D’Auteuil “did an outstanding job helping to get Liberty back to being a top-level team in the state.”

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