Adam Zakos is Fond du Lac through and through. He was born-and-raised in town, attended Goodrich High School, has been a teacher in the school district for 10 years and even earned his Master’s degree at Marian University.
Just recently, Zakos announced that he will not return as head varsity coach for the Fond du Lac High School boys basketball team, a post he held for the last eight seasons.
He opened up to The Reporter on Thursday on his decision to step down, making it clear his love for the team hasn’t changed.
“In life, like anything else, it’s ‘are you enjoying what you’re doing?'” he said. “The amount of hours and time a varsity coach puts in — if you’re not enjoying it, it’s time to make a change. That’s what I decided to do.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to coach at Fond du Lac, a place I played at. I’ve been lucky to coach with some great coaches and a tremendous amount of student-athletes over eight years. It’s been my pleasure.”
Zakos broke the news to the team last Thursday, and the Cardinals’ season ended this past Tuesday with a tough losss at Appleton East in a WIAA Regional. Fond du Lac went 5-17 this season, finishing ninth out of 10 in the Fox Valley Association.
“I had made up my mind and wanted my guys to know as soon as possible,” he said.
Zakos said he has no inkling as to who the school will choose as the next varsity coach, and that he’ll be sure to keep close tabs on the Cardinals for years to come.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the guys who are coming back, the younger guys and their future success,” he said. “If they commit themselves on and off the court, the future’s very bright. The next coach who comes in will be lucky to have promising group of kids.”
Fond du Lac went 76-106 overall under Zakos, who’s team endured losing 11 of its last 12 games this season, with the last five of those losses by seven points or less.
With the decision now public and behind him, Zakos reflected on his eight years roaming the Cardinals’ bench.
“Fond du Lac basketball is a special thing,” he said. “To put on a Fond du Lac jersey and coach Fond du Lac players is forever going to be special to me. I think the players realize that as well, what it means to wear that jersey. Especially at the end of this season I thought our guys were playing with a lot of pride.”