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Steve Strand

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer FORT LAUDERDALE – St. Thomas Aquinas High has always had a marquee brand boys basketball program, especially since winning a Florida Class 5A state title in 2001. In stepped Ed Nelson, the former Aquinas All-State Player of the Year and Georgia Tech and UConn standout, when he was named to…

July 1, 2019

By Pat Lammer Staff Writer Ed Nelson was named as the new St. Thomas Aquinas boys basketball coach on Thursday. The 36-year-old Nelson replaces longtime head coach Steve Strand, who decided to retire from coaching after the 2018-19 season. Nelson attended St. Thomas Aquinas from 1998-2001 and starred on the Raiders’ 2001 Class 5A (out…

March 14, 2019

By Pat Lammer Staff Writer Longtime St. Thomas Aquinas boys basketball coach Steve Strand stepped down from his post Wednesday. Strand, who led the Raiders to a state championship in 2001, started his coaching career as an assistant in 1977. He spent 42 years on the sidelines for STA — 23 years as head boys…

February 28, 2019

By Pat Lammer Staff Writer FORT LAUDERDALE — Veteran St. Thomas Aquinas coach Steve Strand needed a reliable point guard. Someone to consistently get the ball up the court without a problem. Strand moved last year’s leading scorer Lenny Ricca to the point. The 6-foot-2 senior’s average dropped from 15 points a game to 11…

January 18, 2019