“Coach Z,” the school’s coach of 38 years who boasts six CIF titles and 17 league titles – gazes at the team photos and newspaper clippings plastered on the walls. The white board displays a player’s name next to the number “2” (he has two hours of weed picking in the infield once school resumes in the fall).
Zamora, 68, doesn’t believe in running as punishment. He teaches his players to work clippers and mow the lawn to instill discipline. Zamora leads by example, arriving at 6 a.m. daily and mowing the grass three times a week.
These are values he learned at Chapman, as he was the starting shortstop on then-Chapman College’s 1968 College Division national championship team. He later became a player and a coach for the San Diego Padres from 1969 to ’71 and was honored with the Tommy Lasorda Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Read full story
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