"Coach Z" Rich Zvosec 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 CBS Sportsline Coach of the Year for his team’s performance at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

Rich has built a strong reputation for turning programs around, and 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 wins in two decades and he 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 University of Missouri-Kansas City produced historic wins and results. Not only is he the all-time winningest coach, but he has the most tournament wins as well as the longest winning streak in school history. 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. He 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. An analyst on both ESPN and CBS College Sports, he has written two books titled Birds, Dogs and Kangaroos (Life on the Back Roads of College Basketball) and For Tiger Fans Only. He was a contributing author on the Inspiring Hope book and his weekly column can be found at SportsRadioKC.com. Besides spending time with local charities, he has found time to appear in numerous feature films, can be found in the broadcast booth (both on radio and television), and has become a mainstay in the commercial industry.

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