Marc Boehm, who has been an administrator at Nebraska since 2003, is leaving the athletic department. Boehm and Athletic Director Bill Moos announced the departure in a joint press release Friday afternoon.
“The past 16 years have been a dream come true, and I am very appreciative to have worked with so many talented individuals,” Boehm said in the release. “Janelle and I would like to thank UNL and the athletic department for so many great friendships and memories.”
Boehm, the executive associate athletic director, was hired by then-Athletic Director Steve Pederson. He stayed on through the tenures of Tom Osborne, Shawn Eichorst and the first two years of Moos’ term. Boehm oversaw the men’s and women’s basketball programs for 16 years until Tim Miles was fired in March.
After Fred Hoiberg’s hiring in April, Boehm told The World-Herald he was taking a step away from basketball, and Moos would be more involved in the day-to-day operations.
Neither Moos nor Boehm responded to questions about Boehm’s job status last week, when Nebraska’s fiscal year ended. Both responded Friday afternoon with short statements announcing Boehm’s decision to leave.
In addition to overseeing the operations of the basketball program, Boehm served as the executive associate A.D. for external operations, responsible for eight departments including ticketing, social media, HuskerVision and cheerleading.
But his most high-profile job was with basketball, the second-highest revenue sport at NU.
Boehm served as the go-between for coaches and athletic directors. Boehm attended every game — home and away — and was often in the locker room for postgame celebrations.
It was Pederson and Boehm who hired Doc Sadler in 2006. Sadler was fired after six seasons with no trips to the NCAA tournament.
It was Osborne and Boehm who decided to hire Miles after interviewing him in a downtown Atlanta hotel in 2012. Miles was fired last spring after seven seasons and a 116-114 record, with one trip to the NCAA tournament.
Boehm was not involved in the hiring of Hoiberg or of Sadler’s predecessor, Barry Collier.
In the time Boehm was involved with Nebraska basketball, the men’s program fired two coaches, made one NCAA tournament and went 268-244.
“The wins probably haven’t been there like we all want them to, but how cool was it to see Coach Miles over the past seven years put this in a position and set that up for Fred?” Boehm said in April.
Boehm, who was born in Grand Island and attended Kansas State, served under Pederson at Pittsburgh before coming to NU. They hired Jamie Dixon as basketball coach, and from 2003 to 2016, Dixon sported a 328-123 record with 11 NCAA tournament appearances and one Elite Eight berth at Pitt.
In the announcement, Boehm said he is stepping down to pursue “an exciting opportunity.” He had two sons graduate from UNL with another enrolling this fall.
“Marc played an important role in Nebraska athletics’ history over many years,” Moos’ said in the statement. “We appreciate Marc’s dedication to Husker athletics, and we wish him well in his next endeavors.”