Fleming has coached the Stars since BBL|05, guiding the Club to two Big Final appearances, including this season’s return to the finals from eighth position last season.
Stars President Eddie McGuire was full of praise for Fleming following the announcement.
“Stephen has been a wonderful servant of the Melbourne Stars and we completely respect his decision to step down as Head Coach. He has left a large footprint on the Club which we will be forever grateful for,” said McGuire.
“Whilst Stephen will be stepping down as Head Coach, he will continue providing input and advice to the Stars in the role of International Talent Advisor,” he said.
After four seasons at the helm, Fleming has been an integral part of transforming the Melbourne Stars culture, and particularly the collaborative and holistic approach of the BBL team.
Reflecting on his time with the Stars Fleming said, “I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the Club forward.
“The Club is in very good shape having rebounded from last in BBL|07 to grand finalist this season.
“Whilst we didn’t get the ultimate prize I’m confident that the group of players we have assembled will be motivated to go one further next season,” said Fleming.
In acknowledging Fleming’s contribution to the Club, Stars CEO Clint Cooper said, “Filling Stephen’s shoes will be a big task, such has his impact been on the entire Club, however I’m confident we will secure the right coach for the Stars to take us forward and continue to build upon the foundations Stephen has left.”
The Melbourne Stars will immediately commence a search for its next Head Coach.