Corona del Sol completed a three-school bevy of football coach hirings in the East Valley Friday by selecting Zane Zamenski as its next head coach.
Corona del Sol principal Susan Edwards said Zamenski’s college background and five years of coaching experience at Phoenix South Mountain High were impressive enough to warrant his hiring.
“He’s a great guy and we like the experience he brings to us,” Edwards said. “It was a very difficult search with a lot of qualified candidates. We’ve only had two coaches in the school’s history prior to this, so it was a big decision to make."
Zamenski replaces Gary Venturo, who retired after 22 seasons as Aztecs coach in November. Zamenski was an assistant for three seasons at South Mountain and the head coach of the Jaguars the last two years. South was 11-10 in Zamenski’s two years as head coach, making the playoffs in 2008 with an 8-3 record and going 3-7 this past season.
Zamenski, 47, has coached mostly at the college and junior college level prior to his stint at South Mountain. He was lured awayfrom private business by then-South Mountain coach George De La Torre, who now coaches at Florence. Prior to a three-year hiatus from coaching in the business world, he had coaching stops at Brigham Young as a graduate and volunteer assistant, at Scottsdale Community College as an assistant where he coached Joe Germaine and Tim Rattay, and at Stephen F. Austin in Texas, Western New Mexico and Mesa Community College.
"I'm elated at the opportunity to go over to Corona," Zamenski said. "There's no doubt it's one of the jewels of high schools here, an unpolished gem. They've had success over the years, and I'd like to help that continue. I feel a bit melancholy for the kids over here at South, but at the same time I'm excited to establish new relationships."
Zamenski said he'll meet with the players for the first time next week and then begin working on putting together a coaching staff. He wants to meet first with existing staff members to see where they are at. He also has some candidates of his own he'd like to get.
"The last two days my phone's been ringing off the hook with people who are interested in helping out here," Zamenski said. "I have some guys in mind. I think by the time the staff is assembled it could be an all-star staff. One of the guys I was interested in was (Joe Germaine), but he just got the job at Queen Creek."
Zamenski is open to offensive and defensive schemes he and his staff will employ. Offensively, he plans on a wide-open offense with multple pro set.
"Certainly you have to look at the personnel and what the coaches think fits best," Zamenski said. "You also have to look at who you're going against.. There will be a lot of options, and I'm open to them."
Zamenski will teach physical education and health classes at Corona and be on campus fulltime.