Longtime coach earns plaques for wins, years of service
Baldwin High School's most successful girls' basketball coach was honored by his peers last week.
Ted Zuzzio, now Baldwin Junior High School eighth grade girls' varsity basketball coach, received two plaques from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. His plaques were for years of service and career victories.
"They notified us about it in February," Zuzzio said. "After about 15 or 20 years, they start giving you plaques for years of service. I qualified for the 30 years this year. They also give plaques for number of wins. I am over 450, so I got a plaque for that also."
The awards' banquet was held in Topeka. Several coaches were honored, including three who were inducted into the hall of fame. Zuzzio said the honors were nice, especially considering how many people were in attendance.
"It was a ceremony that they had at Washburn University," Zuzzio said. "There was a big crowd, so it was sort of nice to be recognized in front of all of those people."
Zuzzio coached the BHS varsity girls' program for 20 years, before leaving after the 1996-1997 season. During that span his record was 332-114 with nine trips to the state tournament.
He coached the Bulldogs to a pair of state championships, three second-place trophies and one fourth place. Those are the memories that he carries with him over the years.
"One of the things I am most proud of is during my 20 years at the high school, I took nine of those teams to the state tournament," Zuzzio said. "That's probably the thing that I am most proud of, other than winning it a couple of times. It was very exciting to be in the finals five times."
After leaving the high school program, Zuzzio moved on to the BJHS eighth grade girls varsity team. During his 10 years he has massed a record of 117-21. He also coached the BJHS seventh grade boys one year and went 9-5.
"It's a little bit different in the junior high," Zuzzio said. "You don't play nearly as many games. After a couple of months it's over."
Four of his 10 girls' teams have experienced undefeated seasons, including last year's team. Although he isn't coaching high school basketball anymore, Zuzzio is proud to watch his players grow up through junior high school and have success at the next level.
"It's pretty exciting to watch them come into your PE class in sixth grade and watch them graduate as eighth graders, knowing that they are going to have a chance to have an exciting career at the high school," Zuzzio said. "You hope they carry on the winning tradition they built up."