After 39 seasons as the head coach of the New Ulm Cathedral girls’ Softball team, Bob Mertz has announced his retirement. Recognized as the state’s all-time leader in prep softball coaching victories, Mertz boasts 802 wins. Coach Mertz met with players on Friday to announce his decision to retire. He told them, “It was a tough decision, but the time feels right to me. I’ve had a great 39 years, and I’ve loved every minute of it!” During these 39 seasons at CHS, Coach Mertz led the Greyhounds to 26 conference titles, 16 section championships, and 7 Class A state tournament wins.