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Nelson steps down from Knights' basketball post

May 27, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Right now, it's more important to be a real mom instead of playing one to a group of basketball players.

For that reason, Kara Nelson has resigned her position as Middletown girls basketball coach following five successful campaigns and a career record of 103-26.

"It's more important for me to be with my son (16-month-old Jaron)," Nelson said. "I have not lost a passion for coaching, but time constraints with practice and games was taking me away too much."

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A 1994 graduate of Middletown and later Frostburg State University, Nelson is early along in a career which might afford her the opportunity in the future to return.

"I'm grateful of the time the Middletown people have given me," Nelson said of being able to coach at her alma mater.

With a strong cast this past season, headlined by freshman Kristin Waeber, the Knights reached the regional finals before losing to Walkersville.

"(Coaching) has been a lot of fun and with the girls this year they made it so much easier," Nelson said. "There have been phenomenal players at Middletown and I'm pretty happy about the record we have had here."

Athletic director Tim Ambrose said the position will be posted from within the Middletown schools and then throughout the Frederick County Public Schools.

"We hate to lose her," Ambrose said. "I know she's thought about it, but her priority with her family comes first."

Nelson will remain at Middletown as a Health and Physical Education teacher.

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