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Softball: Cromie steps down as Forsyth Central softball coach
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Forsyth Central softball coach Paul Cromie celebrates with Bailey McCachren last season after McCachren's walk-off home run in Central's region tournament game against West Forsyth on Oct. 3, 2018 at North Forsyth High School. File photo

Paul Cromie will step down as Forsyth Central's softball coach on Nov. 1, according to a release. 

Central finished 13-19 overall this year, finishing fourth in the Region 5-7A tournament before falling in the playoffs to Parkview. 

"The time and commitment to a program is excessive and demanding if it's going to be done properly," Cromie said in the release. "While that time and commitment is a labor of love, it can also sometimes be a detractor from one's personal life and family. My focus must now shift to these very things as there is not only myself to consider."

A phone call to Cromie was not immediately returned, but athletic director Dan Kaplan said Cromie will continue to serve as a special education teacher and assistant girls basketball coach with the school.

Kaplan added there is no timetable to replace Cromie. 

"With any hire, we have to evaluate what kind of teacher they are and what teaching positions we'll have open," Kaplan said. "Mr. Young will be the one to tell me when we'll be able to have a better idea of what positions we'll have open. Obviously, we'd like to have it sooner rather than later."

Cromie was hired on April 11, 2018, after five years as an assistant coach at North Gwinnett. Originally from Middletown, New York, Cromie moved to Georgia in 1992 and coached in both Douglas County and Gwinnett County for a combined 22 years.

"Paul has done an outstanding job of leading our girls' softball program for the last two seasons," Central principal Mitch Young said in the release. "Getting our ladies back into the Georgia 7A State Playoffs has helped elevate the status of our athletic program. His high level of energy and enthusiasm have been integral in his success. However, leading a program takes an enormous amount of time and effort and we respect his desire to shift his priorities. Family must always come first."