Adrian Sosa, who spent the past seven seasons building the University School boys’ basketball program into a national power, has resigned as coach of the Fort Lauderdale school.
Sosa, who led the Sharks to a 33-2 record and Class 5A state title, finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 2 in the country. Sosa finished his career at University School with a 103-45 record.
On Wednesday, University athletic director Paul Herfurth announced Jim Carr as Sosa’s replacement. Soso resigned to pursue other opportunities.
“I would like to thank coach Sosa for his time and commitment to University School,” Herfurth said. “He was instrumental in leading our team to a state championship and national ranking. We wish him all the best.”
In leading the Sharks to the state title in March, the school set a state record in the finals with a 75-point margin over victory their semifinal and finals opponents, while winning both games with a running clock.
Carr, 50, will have the luxury of having 6-10 senior Vernon Carey Jr. and 6-9 junior Scottie Barnes returning for the 2018-19 season. Both are regarded among the top players in the country in their class.
“I’m flattered that Paul has chosen me to lead the program going forward,” Carr said. “As a program we’ve had a lot of success and want to continue getting one percent better every day.
“The kids will push me to be the best I can be. I respect what we did last year, but at the same time don’t want to regress.”
Carr spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the Rutgers men’s basketball program and five seasons at the University of Rhode Island before becoming an assistant at University School.
Carr is a native of Freeland, Pa., spent two years as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson under former head coach Tom Green. Carr began his coaching career as the athletic director/head basketball coach at the York (Pa.) Country Day school. He also served as an assistant at Kings (Pa.) College and Stroudsburg High School and was the Assistant Director for the Invitational Basketball Camps in Stroudsburg, Pa. Carr has a degree in general studies from York College in 1990.