ESPN TV ANALYST & VERTERAN COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH
Coach Z has received awards in the coaching field as well as the television community. In 2005 he became one of only 35 active college basketball coaches to be selected Coach of the Year in two different Division I conferences at two separate schools. That year he was selected the Mid-Continent Conference, College Insider and CBSSportlsine Coach of the Year for his team’s performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).
He has built a strong reputation for turning programs around, has built or rebuilt programs at each of his stops on his coaching journey. At two of his four head coaching assignments he departed as the all-time Winningest coach.
At 27, he was the youngest Division I head coach in the country at St. Francis College in New York. In his third season the Terriers recorded their most Division I wins in two decades and was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.
He then built the University of North Florida program from scratch. In only their fourth season of existence he led them to the championship game of the Sunshine State Conference. Along the way his team knocked off three nationally ranked teams.
His tenure at UMKC produced historic wins and results. Not only is he the all-time winningest coach, but has the most tournament wins as well as the longest winning streak in school history (11, top ten in the country in 2005). He led the Kangaroos to their first win over Kansas State, a 41 point win that was the fifth largest margin of victory in school history. Coach Z also had the second highest winning percentage in the Mid-Continent Conference during his six seasons.
Coach Z preaches the benefits of living a well-rounded life. The proof is in the actions as he has authored numerous magazine articles and has published two new books titled, “Birds, Dogs and Kangaroos: Life on the Back Roads of College Basketball and For Tiger Fans Only. He has appeared in numerous films, including Along Came a Spider, along with an episode of Friday Night Lights. He has become a mainstay in the commercial industry. And in 2002 he received a Telly Award and for his UMKC season ticket commercial.
These days he can be found on ESPN and CBS College Sports working as a college basketball analyst.