For the second time in three years, Dublin is searching for a new head football coach and director of athletics.

The Lions were 1-19 in two seasons on the gridiron under Keith Owen, who confirmed Monday that he stepped down from both positions last week.

"I needed to balance out work and family more," said Owen, who was Dublin's defensive coordinator for eight seasons before being promoted to head coach. "I felt like I could not do justice to both the job and my home life. I want to give my kids my best time and attention and needed a chance to invest more in them."

Owen will resume his previous role with the district as assistant principal at Dublin High School.

"We talked about it and prayed about it and decided this is a sacrifice I needed to make for my family so they can start to benefit from all the sacrifices they have made for me through the years," Owen said.

"I have a good conscience with what's happening and appreciate the opportunity to continue with the district," he added. "But I will miss the coaching aspect of it. I love coaching and working with those kids. I'm going to hate not being around them and being in that arena. The record doesn't matter, I couldn't be any more proud of those kids."

The Lions have not won a district game since 2006 and are 2-28 overall since 2007.

Calls to DISD administrators were not immediately returned Monday.