Familiar face in new place
Jay Zieglowsky, a 1985 Washington High School graduate, is living the dream. As of last night, he was officially promoted to the position of Washington High School’s head girls’ basketball coach.
“It’s been a dream come true to come back and be able to coach at the school which I graduated from,” Zieglowsky said. “There’s a lot of good tradition here that I intend to continue and build upon.”
Zieglowsky has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach in the Washington girls’ basketball program, three of those as the head coach of the junior varsity squad. When former head coach Phil Long retired, Zieglowsky was approached by Washington Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen about the vacancy.
“I took a couple of days to think about it and then I said that I would love to do it,” Zieglowsky explained.
As far as making the program his own, Zieglowsky has a common strategy.
“I have been influenced by the coaches that I played and worked under. The emphasis will continue to be on defense and fundamentals,” Zieglowsky commented.
Zieglowsky will have a team in the winter of 2014 that features a good mix of youth and experience. Zieglowsky is excited about the team.
“For the first time since I’ve been coaching, I saw girls in the gym working just a week after the season ended. That’s exciting. The tradition of success we are building upon is largely due to the support the program gets in the community,” Zieglowsky elaborated.
Zieglowsky has added to his staff Shana Kaester, an experienced coach and player. He is also seeking to fill one other spot.
“We’re going to be a young staff. What we lack in experience we will make up for in energy, however,” Zieglowsky added. Zieglowsky plans to have several camps and other opportunities for girls to get work in during the summer.
By promoting Zieglowsky, Washington has done all it can in the interest of continuity. With the effort of Zieglowsky, his staff and the players, there is a good chance that the tradition of success in girls’ basketball will continue.