Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Barons' Moran gives up boys basketball coaching duties

Mike Moran, who became coach of the Barons in 2000, says his job as athletic director deserves 100 percent of his focus.

Mike Moran, who became coach of the Barons in 2000, says his job as athletic director deserves 100 percent of his focus.

Citing a heavy workload as athletic director, St. Petersburg Catholic's Mike Moran said Tuesday he has resigned as boys basketball coach.

Moran will remain athletic director, but a basketball coaching career that began in 1986 at Plant is over.

"It's my second year as AD, and if I'm going to do this right it's hard to take that four months to focus on my team and do the rest of the school justice as well," said Moran, 52, before adding with a chuckle, "that, and 27 years is a long time."

Moran was hired by SPC in 2000, going 248-117 with six district championships and three region titles.

His best teams were led by former star Aaron Holmes (as well as Grady Jorgenson, Ed Rolax and future Division I-A football players Billy Tapp and Jock Sanders), as the Barons advanced to the state tournament in Lakeland three straight seasons.

In 2004, the Barons lost 57-47 in the Class 3A state final to Cocoa Beach but could not advance past the semifinals in 2005 and '06.

"It's been my honor to be the basketball coach here at St. Petersburg Catholic for 13 years, and I've got to work with some great, great players and fine young men," Moran said. "I thank everyone for their support."

Moran coached four seasons at Plant and two at King before a stint at the University of Tampa from 1994-98. His overall high school record is 338-117.

Moran said he hopes to name a successor within the week. The new coach will inherit a team that has won 37 games the past two seasons.

Barons' Moran gives up boys basketball coaching duties 10/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'


    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.
  2. Lightning's J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his first as a protest during the national anthem before games.

    J.T. Brown says he will work more with the Tampa police and groups that serve at-risk young people.
  3. Signs point to Jameis Winston dressing vs. Bills


    TAMPA — The Bucs didn't sign another quarterback Wednesday, which would suggest they are confident that Jameis Winston can be active as a backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday at Buffalo if he doesn't start.

  4. FSU doesn't feel need for ongoing reminder of last year's beatdown at Louisville


    Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson looks back at the action from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Murray State, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
  5. Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy


    NEW YORK — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference, Wednesday in New York. [AP Photo/Julie Jacobson]