Coach Z (Rich Zvosec) begins his third season with the American Sports Network as an analyst for college basketball.
Zvosec also serves as a college basketball analyst for the ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports and is the lead analyst of The Missouri Valley TV Network.
During his 25-year coaching career, Coach Z built a strong reputation for turning around programs. He started or rebuilt programs at each of his four head coaching stops on his journey.
In 2005, he guided Missouri-Kansas City to a 16-12 (12-4 in conference) record and became one of only 35 active college hoops coaches to be selected coach of the year in two different Division I conferences at two separate schools. That year, he was tabbed the Mid-Continent Conference, College Insider and CBSSportsline Coach of the Year.
His tenure at UMKC produced historic wins and results, finishing with the highest winning percentage in conference play and producing the most league wins in school history. He left UMKC with the highest winning percentage in school history and had the second-highest Mid-Continent Conference (all league coaches) winning percentage during his six-year tenure.
He recorded the school’s most historic victory, as he led the Kangaroos to a 93-52 win over Kansas State in 2003 -- the school’s 200th win and it’s first over the Wildcats.
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 Division I wins in two decades, and he was named the 1991 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.
He then built the University of North Florida program from scratch. In only its fourth season of existence, he led the school to the championship game of the Sunshine State Conference.
In addition to his coaching experience, he has published two books titled, Birds, Dogs and Kangaroos: Life on the Back Roads of College Basketball and For Tiger Fans Only and can be found on the speaking circuit or the tv/film studio in the off season.
He has appeared in over a dozen films, including Along Came a Spider, and an episode of Friday Night Lights. Additionally, he has appeared in over 50 commercials. His commercial work earned him a Telly.