Franz Boelter

Franz Boelter watches from the bench during the Section 1A West championship game between Bethlehem Academy and Goodhue on Saturday at the Rochester Civic Center Auditorium. It would be Boelter’s last game as head coach of the Cardinals boys basketball team, as Boelter announced his retirement on Tuesday. Boelter, who coached BA’s boys basketball team for the past 30 years, will still serve as the school’s director of advancement and head volleyball coach. (Josh Berhow/Daily News)

The final chapter in Franz Boelter’s boys basketball coaching career has come to a close.

Boelter, who coached the sport at Bethlehem Academy for the last 30 years, announced on Tuesday he’s retiring as head boys basketball coach. He will remain BA’s head volleyball coach and director of advancement.

Boelter cited the challenges of coaching two sports that begin back-to-back as well as his position in the advancement office as factors for stepping away from boys basketball, according to a press release from the school.

In his 36 years of coaching boys basketball, Boelter compiled a 613-290 record, putting him seventh on Minnesota’s career wins list. He was inducted into the Minnesota State Boys Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

At Bethlehem Academy, Boelter compiled a 558-223 record in 30 years, which included 14 Gopher Conference titles, eight district or sub-section championships and four section crowns. The Cardinals finished Class A State runners-up under Boelter in 1993 and took third in Class A in 1994. He started his career at Medford in 1978, where the Tigers won two Gopher Conference titles and finished District 4A runners-up three times during his tenure.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am for these 30 years of being the head basketball coach at Bethlehem Academy,” Boelter said in the press release. “I am absolutely certain that if I had gone to another school after my six years as the head coach at Medford that I would not have coached for a total of 36 seasons. I would love to have continued to coach our fine young men for years to come, but it’s truly time for me to retire from this position.”

Bethlehem Academy will post the open position on Monday and hopes to begin the interview process after spring break, Athletic Director Ed Friesen said.

Reach sports reporter Miles Trump at 333-3129, or follow him on Twitter @FDNmilestrump

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