Birds, Dogs, and Kangaroos: Life on the Back Roads of College Basketball

Overview

When the 65-team field is announced for the NCAA tournament in March, all the schools are lumped into one bracket. But, with the fact that no number-16 seed has ever beaten a number-1 seed serving as evidence, there is a group of schools in the bracket that are worlds apart from the BCS schools. Some of the schools, labeled the mid-majors make it into the Sweet 16, practically their version of making it to The Final Four. Rarely these days does a team go so far as George Mason University from the Colonial ...
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Overview

When the 65-team field is announced for the NCAA tournament in March, all the schools are lumped into one bracket. But, with the fact that no number-16 seed has ever beaten a number-1 seed serving as evidence, there is a group of schools in the bracket that are worlds apart from the BCS schools. Some of the schools, labeled the mid-majors make it into the Sweet 16, practically their version of making it to The Final Four. Rarely these days does a team go so far as George Mason University from the Colonial Athletic Conference did in 2006 when the Patriots played their way into The Final Four. Or Davidson, a little liberal arts school from Charlotte, taking Kansas all the way to the final seconds in the 2008 Midwest Regional final. The mid-majors have a better shot at knocking off the big boys. The low majors the schools from The Summit Conference, the Ivy League et al most often have no shot. Yet coaches from the low majors stake their careers and reputations at getting into the NCAA tournament field. Rich Zvosec was one of those coaches. Zvosec takes you into the world of low majors that s never been revealed before in detail. It s a world that involves less coaching. More on the time demands centered around fund-raising, commuting and handling off-the-court affairs. It wasn't unusual for Zvosec or any other coach on the low major level to be doing the team laundry, searching for housing on behalf of his players or finding themselves as make-shift mechanics when the commuter vehicles broke down. Such as filling a hole in the roof a van with a female hygiene product. Zvosec takes you into the world of coaching that makes you ask, Why do you do it? And most often the answer is, Becausethey love it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981716640
  • Publisher: Ascend Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

These days Rich Zvosec (pronounced zuh-VOH-sick) enjoys a successful career as a television basketball commentator, a speaker and an actor. But the foundation for this stage of his life was built from a successful college basketball coaching career. When Zvosec was hired at St. Francis College in New York, he was the youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the country at the time at age 27. After his third season as coach of the Terriers (the dogs), named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, Zvosec was hired to build the University of North Florida Division I program from scratch. In the fourth year of the Osprey (the birds) program, UNF reached the Sunshine State Conference championship game. His success at St. Francis and UNF didn't go unnoticed when he was hired at UMKC. So when the Kangaroos head coach departed for a job in the NBA, the Kangaroos administration didn't hesitate in turning the program over to Coach Z. The UMKC Kangaroos (commonly known as the Roos) never more enjoyed more success in Division I basketball than during its six seasons under Coach Z. In 2005, he was named Mid-Continent Conference, the College Insider and CBS Sportsline Coach of the Year. From his roots in the state of Ohio, Coach Z learned how to successfully navigate the back roads. He was never one to shy away from hard work, which has carried on to this day in his current endeavors.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    This guy is a loser why would he write a book. Losing records ev

    This guy is a loser why would he write a book. Losing records everywhere he has been. amazing how a born loser feels he can write a book. this guy was a terrible basketball coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Kansas City Sports Community

    Looking forward to reading the newest effort by Coach Z. Always an entertaining storyteller, the countless anecdotes and 'inside scoops' can do nothing but help shed light on a subject that few outside these smaller schools truly get to see. Far beyond the reach of the bright lights of the so-called 'major and mid-major' basketball programs, coaches and their teams truly live the collegiate basketball experience - staying in some out-of-the-way locations, spending hours upon end on buses, vans, airports and hotel rooms. These back roads, oftentimes dramatically different than the journeys of the big-time schools who seemingly live life in the fast lane, nonetheless still take their teams and coaches along for a dramatic, albeit turbulent, ride. Learning more about the unseen aspect of the Division I experience is certainly on my list of 'must-reads' for the fall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Coach Z Hits a Three!

    Rich Zvosec hits a game winning three with his first book. As a veteran coach he takes you on a journey through the back roads of college basketball like few others can. Great read and a must for any basketball fan, coach or player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    He Shoots, He Scores

    Can't wait to read the first effort by Coach Z. Being the avid and colorful storyteller that he is, I am sure this book will be filled with plenty of great one liners and funny experiences.

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