Academy at the Lakes Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Karim Nohra, who led the Wildcats to five State Final Four appearances in his six years at the school, has stepped down from the position.
“For 25 years, I’ve concentrated on coaching, teaching, and guiding other people’s children. Now it’s time that I concentrate on my own,” said Nohra. “The best years of my basketball career have been spent at Academy at the Lakes, having gone to five State Final Fours. I have enjoyed working with Athletic Director Tom Haslam and the faculty and staff at AATL. They have all been wonderful to work with.”
Nohra’s record at the school was 143-26, and his Academy teams won six district championships, five regional titles, and made two State Championship game appearances. His career spans 24 years at four different schools, and he amassed a coaching record of 534-159 with 14 District Championships.
“Academy is extremely grateful for the dedication Karim has given to our girls’ basketball team and our athletic program the last six years,” said Academy Athletic Director Tom Haslam. “The success of our girls’ program, under his guidance, has been a big reason for Academy’s athletic program’s growth as a major power in the FHSAA. Karim is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with, and he’s laid the foundation for our girls’ basketball program to flourish in the years to come.”
Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3 through Grade 12 independent school located in the northern suburbs of Tampa, enrolling more than 475 students. The school recently moved up to the 3A division of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), and was the winner of 2014-15 Carey E. McDonald Award as Florida’s top 2A private school athletic program.