Zuzzio named 4A track coach of the year
Ted Zuzzio was honored by the Kansas Track and Field Coaches Association earlier this fall.
The longtime Baldwin High School girls’ track and field coach was named the 2010 Class 4A coach of the year. Zuzzio’s Bulldogs won the 4A state championship in May.
“You get honored when you have a great team, and we had a great team,” Zuzzio said. “The honor came because I had the opportunity to work with some great kids and some good assistant coaches.”
The state championship was Zuzzio’s first in the 30-plus years that he has been coaching at BHS. His teams have brought home trophies before, but never the first-place team trophy until this year.
“I look back at the teams we had that went up there and were definitely in the hunt, but came up a few points short,” he said. “This year, the kids competed at an extremely high level and things just fell into place. It was a wonderful weekend.”
Baldwin won the state championship on the final race. JaBryanna Wellington, a 2010 graduate, edged out a Colby runner at the finish line to win the race. The victory gave Baldwin the outright championship, while a second-place finish in the race would have resulted in a tie with Kansas City Sumner for the title.
“It’s sweeter when you win on the last race and by 0.03 of a second,” Zuzzio said. “That was a chilling experience. I was flying pretty high all summer. It was hard bringing the trophy back to the school.”