Interview Conducted 10/15/2008
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.
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