Place Retires After Coaching Cross Country for Three Decades

BOYNE CITY — A legendary head coach has called it a career. After 33 seasons of coaching cross country at Boyne City and Boyne Falls, Andy Place retired.

Place started his career at Boyne Falls where he coached cross country for 12 seasons. He had two years where he coached both Boyne City and Boyne Falls before ultimately making the switch to the Ramblers, where he coached his final 23 seasons.

Boyne City already approved Chelsey Hermann as its next head coach for the cross country programs. Hermann is an English teacher at Boyne City and has previous experience as a cross country coach. She was the head coach at Pellston for two years and served as an assistant for the team last season.

For Place, this decision ultimately came down to spending more time with his family around the area and in Coleman.

“I get people asking me, ‘Oh, so you’re giving it up?’ like I’m moving to Florida or something about retiring. I’m still going to be around,” Place said. “Just want to get a chance to be that grandparent that gets to all of my grandkids’ activities and things like that.”

While he is retiring from cross country, Place said he intends to continue coaching girls track and field at Boyne City still. He was set to begin his 21st season as the program’s head coach this spring before the MHSAA suspended its season due to coronavirus concerns.

Categories: Cross Country