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Fri. March 16, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Kroll, winner of 2 state titles, out at TC

Tampa Catholic girls basketball coach Nancy Kroll, who led the Crusaders to consecutive state titles and three consecutive final four trips, isn't being retained.

A short statement issued by the school offered no explanation, indicating only that it is seeking applicants to replace Kroll. Athletic director Freddie Langiotti referred all questions to Principal Thomas Reidy.

"We thank Coach Kroll for her service to Tampa Catholic and wish her continued success in her future endeavors," Reidy said in the statement.

Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Kroll said she was asked Friday by Reidy to meet with him that afternoon, but explained she was going out of town to watch a couple of Crusaders players compete in an all-star game on the East Coast. At that point, Kroll said, Reidy informed her he was making a change.

Kroll, who said she hasn't received a raise in six seasons at TC, suggested philosophical differences resulted in the administration seeking a new direction. She said she had expressed to peers and parents her desire for an upgrade to her team's locker room -- similar to one the boys program recently got -- but never made a request to Reidy.

"I don't want to sound like sour grapes," said Kroll, who posted a staggering .816 winning percentage (146-33) in six seasons at TC.

"It has been a great run at the school. I have put my heart and soul into coaching the girls basketball team. It is a full-time job with part-time pay. It's a lot of hours to do it as well as we have over the years."

Kroll, who has enjoyed success at a handful of prep and collegiate stops over the last quarter-century, won at least 20 games every season with the Crusaders, highlighted by a 30-win season in 2010. Her '10 and '11 teams won the Class 3A state title; her '09 squad advanced to the 3A final four.

Her final team finished 20-11, losing in overtime to eventual state champ Fort Myers Dunbar in the 4A region finals.

"My record speaks for itself," Kroll said. "I'm a good coach."

Kroll, who previously has coached locally at Academy of the Holy Names, Hillsborough Community College and Freedom, said she intends to keep coaching.

"A part of me will always love TC," she said. "Our state championships will always be a testament to our players' hard work, dedication and commitment."

 

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