Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Karam steps down as LHS wrestling coach

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Jody Karam has built Liberty’s wrestling program into one of the most respected in the area, if not the state, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Karam officially handed in his letter of resignation to Liberty athletic director Fred Harris last week, ending a 26-year run on the Hurricanes’ mats.

Harris sent out a press release last week, describing how much Karam meant to the program.

“Coach Karam has spent the better part of the last three decades impacting and mentoring hundreds of young people through the Liberty wrestling program,” Harris said. “Since the early 1990s, coach Karam’s leadership has served as a bench mark for head coaches in the Lehigh Valley. Liberty High School and all involved with our wrestling program are thankful for coach Karam’s unwavering leadership and professionalism throughout his coaching career. Jody has left an indelible mark on both the school and the athletic program in his charge.”

Karam, 54-years old, will continue to teach at Liberty, as well as continue his work in real estate after getting his license this year. He leaves as Liberty’s all-time winningest coach with a 362-150-1 mark. His overall mark sits at 409-161-3 after he spent his first three years coaching at Delaware Valley.

If last season was Karam’s swan song, it was a pretty good one, as the team finished 19-4 with an East Penn Conference title, their first league championship in 33 years. They also knocked off Bethlehem Catholic in an epic regular season battle that shook up the local scene.

Karam coached 31 state placewinners, one state champion, 26 district champs and 18 regional champs during his career.

“Coach Karam built a program that grows young men of character,” BASD superintendent Joseph Roy said. “Sportsmanship, integrity, loyalty and dedication are traits coach Karam taught and are traits that serve our wrestlers well in their adult lives.”

The school will look to hire Karam’s replacement immediately. His successor will only be the program’s fifth coach in school history.