Zuzzio receives honors for track title, 500 basketball wins
Ted Zuzzio earned a couple pieces of hardware for his team’s success in both basketball and track and field at two area meetings recently.
The longtime Baldwin High School girls’ track and field coach and Baldwin Junior High School/BHS girls’ basketball coach was honored by his peers for accomplishments during the 2010-2011 school year. Along with being a speaker at a track coaches’ clinic, Zuzzio was given two plaques for his team’s achievements.
“I had a big day,” Zuzzio said. “It was nice to see some of my old coaching friends, and I was able to help some young ones out with some advice.”
The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association honored Zuzzio for winning more than 500 basketball games. He split his wins between BHS and BJHS. He achieved the honored last fall with his eighth-grade varsity squad.
“That’s coaching a lot of games, riding a lot of buses and sitting on a lot of benches,” Zuzzio said. “It’s also about a lot of practices and locker room talks. It’s been fun.”
Zuzzio’s other honor bested one he earned last year for track and field. A year ago, he was named Class 4A girls’ coach of the year after his Bulldogs won their first-ever state championship.
This summer, the Kansas Track and Field Coaches Association named Zuzzio the girls’ track and field coach for all six classes. His Bulldogs tied Colby for the state title, winning back-to-back championships.
“It was very rewarding to win it this year, because of the fact that it was everyone chipping in and competing at their best to make it happen,” Zuzzio said. “I told the coaches at the ceremony, ‘I accept this award for my track team, fellow coaches and the town of Baldwin.’”
Baldwin tied Colby in dramatic fashion at the state meet in May. BHS won the final race of the day, 1,600-meter relay, and Colby finished sixth in the event. Both state titles have come down to the final race for BHS.
“To be honest, with an hour to go in the meet, I didn’t see any way that we were going to be able to win it,” Zuzzio said. “It was pretty chilling when it came to life. We had to have a little bit of luck. We had the best mile relay team, so I was counting on us winning first, but we had to hope that Colby didn’t finish higher than sixth in the event. Both happened. We were fortunate, but very happy.”
The BJHS girls’ basketball season will begin in October and the track and field season won’t start until March, but Zuzzio is excited about both upcoming seasons. He is entering his 36th year as a teacher and is excited about the chance for a three-peat in track and field.
“The year just clicks around,” Zuzzio said. “We’re already looking forward to track, we’ll just say that. We lost a good class of seniors, but we have a good class of freshmen coming in. We’ll have lots of our kids returning and hopefully Katie Kehl will return healthy from her injury. So the skies are blue in Baldwin.”