Coach Profile: BV Northwest's Mike Zegunis 3/7
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Blue Valley Northwest has been one of the most solid programs in the Metro over the last decade. The Huskies are always well coached and one of the tougher teams to beat every year no matter what the talent level.
Leading the program the last eight years has been Mike Zegunis. The veteran coach was an assistant at Northwest before taking over the program in 2005 and since that time he has led the Huskies to four playoff appearances.
Northwest has become known for a tough physical style of play and last season’s team was a prime example of that style. The Huskies went 5-4 in the regular season and advanced to the playoffs. Even in the four regular season losses Northwest two of those were by seven points or less. The Huskies season ended in the first round of the Kansas 6A postseason in a loss to eventual state champion Shawnee Mission West.
Zegunis said the game of football is rewarding for him every year.
“I enjoy the kids and coaches that you get to work with each year,” Zegunis said. “Football coaching is a great fraternity – I have made a lot of friends through coaching football.”
The coaching philosophy that has helped guide Zegunis has come from a few different people. He was an assistant for Jeff Meyers at Olathe East for 12 years and he also learned a lot from his college coach Bob Cortese at Fort Hays State University. Zegunis said his own father and Cortese both instilled a love of football in him.
Every year Zegunis said he hopes to teach teamwork and the fundamentals of the game while giving the players something they can take with them.
“I want to teach kids the fundamentals of playing the game, while also learning how to be a team player,” Zeguins said. “I think football allows players to see how to better deal with adversity and to persevere. Ultimately, I want all of my players to have a terrific experience that they will learn from and remember the rest of their lives.”
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