Island Coast High School to Recognize Terry Thimlar, Athletic Director

Island Coast High School to Recognize Terry Thimlar, Athletic Director
Posted on 09/23/2019
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Island Coast High School is set to celebrate Terry Thimlar’s retirement as the school’s Athletic Director on September 27th. Thimlar will be honored at halftime with a short ceremony at the Gators home football game against Fort Myers High school Friday night at 7:00pm.

Island Coast High School Principal Dr. Michelle Cort-Mora says she is excited about the celebration and looking forward to the well-deserved recognition. "Terry Thimlar has a rich, decorated career as a mentor, coach, and Athletic Director. He has positively impacted many Lee County High Schools and most recently Island Coast High School. As an Athletic Director, he consistently put student-athletes first to help them reach their full potential.”

Sports and the business of sports has been Thimlar’s life and passion. In 1972, he graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, after helping to lead his basketball team to a sectional and regional championship. At Edison Community College (FSW), he was a two-year starter, earned his A.A. degree and was a Phi Theta Kappa national honoree. Following E.C.C., Terry earned his B.S. degree in economics at Indiana State University while also serving as a student assistant for the Sycamores men’s basketball team. In his senior year at I.S.U., the team finished the season 25-2 and participated in the prestigious NIT.

After I.S.U., Thimlar was hired by the University of Florida as an assistant coach for the 1977-78 basketball season. In the 1978-79 he returned to Indiana State where they finished the year with a perfect 28-0 regular season record, the #1 ranking in the country, and the #1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The season ended when Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, lost one of the most memorable NCAA Championship games in basketball history to Michigan State, which was led by Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Terry also began his own basketball camp, The Thimlar Basketball Camp, in Fort Myers, Florida, where he developed all marketing and business operations.

In 1986, Terry became the head boys’ basketball coach at Cypress Lake High School and in 1994, opened Lehigh Senior High School as its first head boys’ basketball coach. In 1996, he was hired as the head boys’ basketball coach at the basketball powerhouse, Muncie Central High School, Muncie, Indiana. In the fall of 1999, Terry was hired as the athletic director for the new Dunbar High School in Fort Myers.

In the spring of 2004, Terry organized an investor/ownership group that purchased an NBA Development League team, the official minor league of the NBA. For the Florida Flame, Terry served as team general manager and assistant coach for Dennis “DJ” Johnson in the 2004-05 season. And in the 2005-06 season, Terry was the team general manager and assistant coach for Jeff Malone.

Thimlar returned to the District as a teacher at Cape Coral High School in 2009 and became Athletic Director at Island Coast High School in 2016.