Posted: 2:18 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
After a 1-16 season, Olympic Heights’ girls basketball program is moving in a different direction.
The Lions named Ann Klapperich as their new girls basketball coach Friday, promoting her after one year as the junior varsity team’s head coach. Klapperich will replace Donnell Carr, who spent 12 seasons as Olympic Heights’ coach.
“It’s time for a change,” Lions athletic director Cindy Lucia said.
Klapperich brings plenty of experience to the job as a player and a coach. The 37-year-old played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin, scoring 1,543 career points to finish ninth in program history. After her time at Wisconsin, she played basketball overseas in Portugal.
Following her playing career, Klapperich was named the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at Southeast Missouri State before arriving at Olympic Heights.
“She has an ability to develop the kids,” Lucia said of the job Klapperich did with the school’s junior varsity team. “Just the level they were at in the beginning of the year to the end of the year, they had so much basketball knowledge and their skills had improved tremendously. She knows the game and she studies the game.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.