CHICAGO—November 18, 2021—De La Salle Institute (De La Salle) announces the resignation of Varsity Head Football Coach Michael Boehm ‘92. After eight seasons as the head coach, Boehm is stepping down as a coach, however, he will continue to teach and be a part of the leadership team for De La Salle’s Athletic program. He is a graduate of De La Salle Institute from the Class of 1992 and has been a part of the football coaching staff for nearly a quarter century.
Coach Boehm told his team on Wednesday afternoon that he was stepping down. The search for a new head coach is open and applications are currently being accepted for the position.
“It has been such a privilege to be a part of the Meteor Football program because of the relationships that I’ve developed with our players, our coaching staff, and the greater De La Salle community,” said Coach Boehm. “I appreciate the support from the administration, alumni, staff and players I have received over the years. Meteor football represents faith, service and community—the core values of our Lasallian school. Regardless of the wins and losses, I believe those core values have been instilled in our young people. As a former player and now former coach, Meteor football has always been a big part of my life and I wish the program success in the future.”
Under Coach Boehm’s leadership:
· Named Coach of the Year by Prep Insight Magazine
· Named Chicago Bears Coach of the Week
· More than 50 student-athletes have gone on to play football in college
· The team qualified for the IHSA state playoffs in 2017
· Reached the Chicago Catholic League championship game twice in 2018 & 2019
· Numerous players broke and established new school records in total touchdowns, passing yards, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions, six (6) players were named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year.
· Over the past four (4) seasons, the cumulative team grade point average (GPA) has been over a 3.0.
A Lasting Legacy of Faith Formation and Character Development
Coach Boehm spent quality time with his players and coaches instilling the core Lasallian values of faith, service, and community. The team frequently engaged in local community service projects with local parishes, schools, and charitable organizations. His allegiance to the school is undeniable and in his words Coach Boehm feels “that his greatest accomplishment has been giving students an example of what it means to be a Meteor and a person of integrity.” Through his mentorship, he has helped three (3) assistant coaches move into head coaching jobs and one (1) who is currently on the coaching staff at the University of Arkansas.
“Coach Boehm is an amazing person and a fantastic coach and colleague,” said Athletics Director Tom White. “He is a Meteor through and through and he has championed the core values of our school and mentored countless young people during his 20+ year tenure as a coach. Although he will be greatly missed on the sidelines of the gridiron, we know that he will continue to be a fierce advocate, a mentor to and a friend of the football program, our student-athletes, and our entire Meteors community as a teacher and assistant director in our athletics department.”
De La Salle Institute, founded by the Brothers of the Christian schools, has served the students of Chicagoland for over 130 years making it the third oldest Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Chicago. De La Salle fosters the Lasallian values of faith, service, community and a passion for academic and athletic excellence.
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