“It was a long, tough year,” Malone said. “We battled some key injuries and transfers. I’ve been doing this for going on 21 years now, and when you add a tough year to having worked diligently with our camps and the little league program, I missed a lot of time with my two little boys. I’ve been working 300-plus days out of the year as a coach, and I just felt like it was time to take a step back.”
Malone said his family factored heavily into his decision and that stepping down as coach allows his wife to pursue some of her career aspirations.
“I can’t safely say that I’m out of coaching, but for the time being, I think it’s in my best interest that I spend some time with my family,” Malone said.
In his year as coach, Malone reintroduced a girls Little League program that totaled approximately 80 players. The high school team finished the season with seven wins.
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