Bogie’s championship-winning coach reaches out to current Pirates

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Thu. February 25, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

In the 1990s, Harry Elifson was a state championship girls basketball coach at Boca Ciega.

Today, he’s an assistant for the Morehead State women’s basketball team, but Elifson hasn’t forgotten his roots.

Before Boca Ciega played Pensacola Pine Forest on Wednesday in the class 5A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center, Elifson wished the Pirates luck.

“He texted me before the game,” Boca Ciega coach Will White said.

Elifson led the Pirates to titles in 1995 and ‘96. Those are the only two championships in program history. His career record at Bogie was 234-87.

Boca Ciega (30-1) can cap a spectacular season at 7 tonight in the 5A final. The Pirates face Fort Lauderdale Dillard, a 67-55 winner over Winter Haven on Wednesday.

Elifson, who was inducted into the Bogie Hall of Fame a few years ago, has kept in touch with the folks at the school throughout the years.

“He’s a great guy,” White said. “He’s been very supportive.”

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