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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 10:00 pm

Wawasee girls coach leaving after 18 years

Staff, news services

Wawasee girls basketball coach Kem Zolman is stepping down from the role he’s had for 18 years, he announced to his team Wednesday.

The Warriors fell 62-34 to Tippecanoe Valley in a Class 3A sectional game to end their season. Zolman coached the Warriors to five sectional titles, two regionals and a semistate title.

The 2006-07 team finished runner-up to Brebeuf Jesuit in the 3A title game.

"He’s been the face of Wawasee girls basketball," Wawasee athletic director Steve Wiktorkowski said. "He’s had tremendous success winning every level from sectional to semistate. He competed at the state. Obviously he coached the leading scorer in the state and Indiana Ms. Basketball (Shanna Zolman).

"We are indebted to him for a lot of name recognition for Wawasee and coaching girls basketball."


Basketball


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GOLF


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