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Interview With Jim Baron

Jim Baron

Interview Conducted 11/5/2008

AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli

AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli

University of Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron has spent his entire career developing his players both on the basketball court and in the classroom.

His attention to athletic and academic success dates back to his four years as a student-athlete at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.

Baron, who was named co-captain his senior year, helped lead the Bonnies to the 1976-77 NIT title. His 3.9 assists per game were a team high that season.

Before commencement, Baron was selected by the University Committee as the Ideal Bonaventure Student. The school gives this award yearly to a student or students who exemplify the spirit of St. Bonaventure and the ideals of St. Francis through community service and academic excellence.

He later earned his master’s degree at St. Bonaventure in 1988.

Baron served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame from 1981-87. He learned from Head Coach Richard “Digger” Phelps how to create an infrastructure which allows basketball players to maximize their potential as both athletes and students.

BARON: “We graduated every one of our players. We had Academic All-Americans. We had tremendous student athletes. I’ve taken that equation every place I’ve been.” Continue reading

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Interview With Rich Zvosec

Rich Zvosec

Interview Conducted 10/15/2008

Photo/M. Al-Kassim

Photo/M. Al-Kassim

Rich Zvosec was called into the UMKC Athletic Director’s office on March 13, 2007. He was fired. On his birthday.

ZVOSEC: “As I look back, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. It gives me a great story.”

“I leave with the highest winning percentage in UMKC history, If he had brought me back, I probably would have screwed that up.”

“It also gave me the opportunity to really go into some areas that I probably wouldn’t have done.”

Zvosec, who compiled an 84-91 record in his six seasons at UMKC has now branched into many other fields.

His firing coincided with the creation of the Big Ten Network, where he became an analyst for games. For the 2008-09 season, he will provide color commentary for Big 12 basketball games on the ESPN family of networks.

He also works a motivational speaker, and one of his talks can be found on his official website: Coach Z: Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie Your Way to Success.

He has also gotten into the acting industry, appearing in an episode of Friday Night Lights, several independent films, and Formosa Betrayed, which is currently in post-production.

ZVOSEC: “The irony is I always play the chief of the Secret Service, or an FBI agent, or a detective. It’s always been something of an authoritative figure.”

Zvosec intends to act in more films.

ZVOSEC: “I’ve got an agent in Los Angeles who has got me some auditions and we’ll see what happens.”

Zvosec has also written a book entitled Birds, Dogs, and Kangaroos: Life on the Backstreets of College Basketball which will hit stores in late October.

The title of the first chapter? “Happy Birthday, You’re Fired.” Continue reading