Steve Fritz Retires as Basketball Coach, Will Remain as AD

Reigning NCAA Division III champion coach Steve Fritz today announced plans to retire from coaching after 40 seasons, including the last 31 as the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball head coach.

Fritz will continue full-time as athletics director at UST, where he’s completing his 20th year in that role.

In 31 years as head coach, Fritz’s Tommies had only one losing season and compiled a 594-246 won-loss record (.707 win percentage).

Current 11-year assistant coach John Tauer, an All-MIAC and Academic All-American Tommie player under Fritz in the 1990s, has been named St. Thomas’ interim head coach for the 2011-12 season. A search for a full-time head coach will take place in spring 2012.

For complete details and photos of Fritz’s career at St. Thomas, click here.