Former Retriever John Zito Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Baltimore--UMBC Head Menís Basketball Coach Randy Monroe has added former Retriever John Zito to his staff as an assistant coach.
Zito replaces Frankie Allen, who accepted the head coaching position at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore last month. He will join Nate Stewart (third season) and Aki Thomas (second season) on the sidelines for the defending America East Conference champions.
The Windsor, Conn. native was a two-time team captain for the Retrievers, serving in that role in both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The 6-6 forward earned Second Team All America East honors in his senior season, after leading UMBC with 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Zito averaged 9.8 points per game in his career, amassing 978 points (15th in school history) in 100 career games with the Retrievers.
He graduated in May of 2006 with a double major in sociology and American studies.
Zito, 25, played professionally for Andrea Costa Basket in Imola, Italy in the summer and fall of 2006. He came back to Baltimore and served as head coach (boysí thirds) at the Beth Tfiloh Community School for the 2006-07 season. He then returned to his home state last season, serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Fairfield University.