Longtime Carthage College athletic director Bob Bonn announced he’ll be retiring following the 2017-2018 academic year.

Bonn has been the athletic director at Carthage for 26 years and has been credited with reviving the school’s NCAA Division III programs and playing a major role in the addition of several facilities.

Among the new Carthage facilities that were constructed while Bonn was the athletic director were Tarble Arena, N.E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center, Smeds Tennis Center and Carthage Softball field.

Carthage has also undergone several renovations to Augie Schmidt and Art Keller fields.

Bonn, 65, said he made the decision months in advance to allow Carthage officials plenty of time to find his successor.

“I’ve just been on watch: The accomplishments, that’s just a tremendous group effort,’’ Bonn said in a Carthage release. “I’ve been extremely proud and fortunate to be part of the Carthage community.

“I don’t know another college in America that has gone through the improvements and development that ours has.’’

Under Bonn’s direction, Carthage has added nine sports for a total of 24 Division III teams.

Prior to being hired at Carthage, Bonn had been at Pacific University.

“Although I’ve been here only a short time, I am in awe of the program that Bob Bonn has built at Carthage,’’ said Carthage president John R. Swallow, who took office in July. “I know we will miss him tremendously, but no could be more deserving of the change to enjoy the next chapter in life.’’

Women’s golf

CARTHAGE: Carthage’s Sarah Lyman has been chose the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Women’s Golfer of the Week.

Lyman, a junior from Normal, Ill., placed third out of 69 golfers during Olivet’s Kyle Campbell Classic. She had a 158 total, including a season-low 78 on the second day of the tournament.

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