After 13 years at the helm of the Boonville High School boys basketball program, Steve Altstadt has stepped down.

Altstadt came to coach for the Pioneers in 2004 as an assistant coach under then head coach Jeff Heim. A year later, when Heim took the position at Bosse, Altstadt was asked to take the head position.

"He put his heart and soul into this program," Boonville Athletic Director Kevin Davis said of Altstadt.

Davis said he is one of few coaches who is as dedicated to their team as Altstadt has been. He said players from each year would agree.

"He's done great things with the program," he said.

Altstadt said he enjoyed his time at Boonville and would do it all over again given the opportunity.

"There have been a lot of good kids to represent the Boonville basketball program," he said. "I would not trade any kids with the kids I had the opportunity to coach.

Altstadt said he and the coaching staff worked to make practice something players looked forward to. He said it has also been important to make sure players feel recognized by the coaching staff.

"I always made it a point to say hello to the kids before practice and saw them off after," he said. "We wanted to make sure they know we care about them."

Altstadt said he hopes his players take away the ability to respect everyone after playing for his team. He said he hoped to instill that respect in all of his players.

"It doesn't matter who you're around or what they have as a job," he said. "You respect everybody."

Altstadt has coached every type of season, including Boonville's 2010 varsity team. The team, which featured Altstadt's twin sons, won sectional for the first time in 26 years. Boonville has yet to win a sectional since.

"Every year is a journey you go through with the kids," he said. "It's not all about winning and losing."

From summer camp to the post season in March, Altstadt said each season leaves the coaches and players different than when they started.

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"The big thing I'm going to miss is the kids and the coaching staff," he said. "I've been fortunate to have a great coaching staff."

Over time, Altstadt said he's also made relationships with coaches from other teams as well as officials.

"I won't miss some of the calls, but I'll miss the officials," he said.

Coaching isn't off the table for Altstadt, but he is unsure what his future plans will be. While he will be able to retire from teaching next year, he said he is taking time to plan his next move.

"I don't know if there is going to be anymore coaching," he said.

Boonville has hired on former Tecumseh assistant coach Brian Schoonover to take on the head coaching position for the 2017-18 season.

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