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Dave Marsh has stepped down as Central York softball coach, ending a 13-year stint in which he helped turn the Panthers into one of the most successful programs in the area.

Marsh, 43, said Monday he made the decision to step down last week, and cited a desire to focus on family and the sports company he owns.

Marsh said he has also stepped down as Central York field hockey coach -- a position he held since 2001 -- and as a physical education teacher at the school.

"I'm just trying to spend some more time with them," Marsh said of his two children, ages 5 and 8. "I just came to a point where I decided it was time to focus on them rather than myself."

Marsh added he wants to concentrate on his business, M2sports, which operates sports camps and clinics.

Central York athletic director Marty Trimmer did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

Marsh leaves behind a softball program he took over in 1997 and molded into one of the most consistent in the area. The Panthers won a District 3 Class AAAA championship in 2005 and have earned at least a share of the last four YAIAA Division I titles. In 2008, Central advanced to the PIAA semifinals.

Overall, Marsh finished 152-95 as Central's softball coach and 77-71-5 in his eight years with the field hockey program.

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