Posted On: 03/14/19 3:13 PM

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 of 6 classes) state championship squad.

“It’s an honor,” Nelson said. “I’m replacing a legend in coach Strand. Coach had such an impact on myself and my teammates.”

He will be a first-time head coach. He was an assistant on the Raiders’ staff in 2016-18.

As a player, Nelson was the 2001 USA Today Florida Player of the Year. He was selected to attend the Nationa

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