The York Suburban boys' basketball coaching position became the latest domino to fall in an already busy offseason.
After handing in his resignation letter at the beginning of the month, head coach Dustin Boeckel's request to step down was officially approved on Monday night during the latest Suburban school board meeting.
"I've been spending a lot of time in the program from top to bottom, from our youth program all the way up to our senior high school," Boeckel said. "So, just a time commitment and just wanted to be more available and spend more time with the family is what it came down to."
An email sent to York Suburban athletic director Chris Adams seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Boeckel was with the Trojan program for five years, serving as head coach the last four. Taking over in 2012, Boeckel had a 41-50 record, but went just 6-16 this past season. In 2013, Boeckel guided Suburban to a Division II title and back-to-back York-Adams League playoff appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14, as well as the District 3-AAA tournament in those years.
"We had a little bit of success early," Boeckel said. "My first year, we didn't get off to a great start, but we finished really strong and we ended up qualifying for districts my first two years and won a division championship that second year. So, those are two things that jump out to me, success wise, and then some of the relationships I was able to develop with some of the kids is probably what I'll value the most."
Boeckel, 37, still doesn't know if he's ready to call it a career in coaching, but said the time felt right to step away from the job and spend time with his two children, who are both in middle school. The possibility of returning to coaching in some capacity does remain open, citing his enjoyment being around young athletes and helping them learn the game.
"The opportunities that I had there and the relationships that I had with the kids helped me to learn a lot about being a head coach and what goes along with it and some of the things that are really important to emphasize," he said. "It was a really good experience."
Boeckel's resignation was the second boys' basketball head coaching vacancy to open up on Tuesday, along with West York's Bill Ackerman, who stepped down after 18 years with the program.
York Suburban and West York join York High as the three head coaching openings that need to be filled. Troy Sowers resigned at York High shortly after the season.
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