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Seminole Presbyterian hires Tampa Catholic's ex-coach

By SCOTT PURKS

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 12, 2001


Girls basketball

TAMPA -- A week after announcing his resignation as Tampa Catholic's coach, Karim Nohra has accepted the head coaching position at Seminole Presbyterian, an opportunity Nohra said, "I'm absolutely thrilled about."

"(Lancers athletic director Frank Mabry) heard I was leaving TC, and he called me up and said he wanted to meet," Nohra said. "After we met, I started checking the school out, and I liked what I saw.

"I talked to the headmaster (Anthony Bryan), and he said he wanted to make Seminole the best private school in the county. And I believe he means what he says. I talked to a lot more people over there, and I was impressed with everybody I met, from the headmaster to the cook. The people are what make the school, and they have great people at Seminole."

Nohra left Tampa Catholic after going 200-113 in 11 seasons, which included six consecutive (1995-2000) with 20 or more victories.

He inherits a Lancers team that went 10-12 last season, reached the Class A, District 8 final before losing and lost in the first round of the state playoffs. "To be honest with you, I don't exactly know what (Seminole has) as far as players," Nohra said. "It's going to be interesting because they're going to have to learn a new system. We're going to start with the attitude and the expectations."

Mabry said he has admired Nohra's style for a long time, including five seasons in the early 1990s when Mabry coached the Lancers. "He's intense. His girls are always very disciplined, and he's obviously a great teacher of the X's and O's and a great motivator," he said. "I know he's definitely a character. I mean he's not going to blend into the wall. But that's part of the package. Karim's personality is part of what makes him special."

Nohra's assistant at TC, Tommy Jones, will accompany Nohra. Jones also will serve as the Lancers' strength and conditioning coach.

Nohra replaces Jenni Layman, who coached for five seasons before leaving to spend more time with her family.

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