Boesel became just the ninth director in Chapman’s 90-year history of athletics when he began his duties on August 1, 2015. He is the first one appointed since 1990 when David Currey took the helm.
Boesel (pronounced BO-zul) returned to his roots in 2006 and left the coaching ranks to become Chapman's Associate Director of Athletics where he has handled all matters relating to NCAA rules and legislation, compliance and eligibility, and overseen the university’s physical activity class scheduling for the past nine years. He’s served on university matters such as the NCAA’s annual Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) reports, and acting as liaison between Athletics and the Offices of Admissions and Student Affairs. He has played a big role in the development of Chapman’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as the University’s invitation to join the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 2011.
An Oregon native, Boesel still ranks No. 13 in the state's history with 2,020 points as a prep basketball star at Powder Valley High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Oregon State University in 1986 where he met his wife Joan who played softball for the Beavers. He went on to get his master's in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1991.
Several assistant coaching positions within the high school and small college ranks led him to the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations position at UCLA under head coach Jim Harrick in the early 1990s. Eventually he landed at Chapman University where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach from 1992-95 under current head coach Mike Bokosky, and also was part of the Panthers’ first football coaching staff in 1994.
He left Chapman to become the head men’s basketball coach at Division III rival University of La Verne from 1995-98 and would return for a second tour with the Leopards from 2001-03. There he compiled a career record of 63-60, including a 16-9 mark in 2002-03. In between he spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Division I University of San Diego men’s basketball.
After his second stint with La Verne, Boesel returned to Orange County as an assistant coach at UC Irvine under Pat Douglass from 2003-06, where he helped the Anteaters earn back-to-back Big West Conference tournament appearances in 2005 and ‘06 and a second-place finish in the Big West Conference standings in ’06.
An athletic family, the Boesels have two daughters: Brittany, who just completed a four-year softball career at DePaul University in Chicago and will be attending Chapman’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the fall; and Mackenzie, who is a member of the softball team at the University of South Carolina.