After leading Carrollwood Day to the state semifinals each of the past five seasons, Karim Nohra finally broke through by winning the first girls basketball state title of his career.
This was the Patriots’ best season in school history, which culminated with the program’s only championship.
Because of that, Nohra got his due.
This past week, Nohra was named the Class 3A state coach of the year. The winners in each classification were selected by a panel of high school girls basketball coaches and reporters.
Nohra was the overwhelming choice. Here is how the voting went.
- Karim Nohra, Carrollwood Day 103 points
- LeighAnn Hughes, The Master’s Academy 72 points
- David Gaulman, Bradenton St. Stephen’s 49 points
During a stellar 30-year coaching career, Nohra has been in charge of girls programs at five different schools and compiled 645 wins. Many of those stops included impressive turnarounds. He took over a winless Academy at the Lakes team and eventually led the Wildcats to a state final in 2016 before leaving to take over at Carrollwood Day. With the Patriots, Nohra has gone to the state semifinals all four seasons as coach.
This season, Carrollwood Day put it all together. The Patriots finished with a 27-2 record and were the boys or girls team in the area to win a state title.