Malik Dean has stepped down after nine seasons as coach of the Centennial softball team.

He also has resigned as an assistant coach with the Stars’ football team, a position he held for four seasons.

“I thought it was time for me to step away and do some other things,” he said.

Dean compiled a 126-52 record in his first eight seasons with the softball team, including a 109-10 mark in City League-North Division play. He guided the Stars to three consecutive City championships from 2014-16 and City runner-up finishes in 2017 and ’18.

Last spring, Centennial finished 16-10 overall and 13-1 in the City-North to share the league title with Whetstone, but the Stars lost to the Braves 11-8 in a playoff for the right to represent the North in the City final.

“That run, that was something else,” Dean said. “We had some really good teams during that run.”

This season was canceled by the OHSAA because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“Losing coach Dean is a tremendous blow to our athletic department,” athletics director Lucas Tuggle said in a statement. “He has meant so much to our success on the softball and football field. We would like to thank coach Dean for his efforts and contribution to (Centennial), and we look forward to seeing Malik in the stands as a parent supporting (his son, C.J. Dean, who plays on the Centennial baseball team) and the Stars.”

A search for Dean’s replacement is underway, Tuggle said.

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