Mr. Carey M. Zegart
As a former doctoral student at Purdue University, it was there that Carey M. Zegart first met Dr. Victoria D. Coleman. She was his major professor. While studying Counseling & Development under Dr. Coleman’s tutelage, Zegart became involved in several pursuits. He served as an athletic/academic monitor for the Purdue men’s basketball team, as well as a founding member of the athletic, career development group STRATEGIES. This group, under the direction of Dr. Coleman, was aimed at addressing many of the career, social, and emotional needs of student-athletes. It was also at Purdue where he met, now long time friend, Steve Lavin, who after his UCLA head coaching career, is now an analyst for ESPN.
At Purdue, Zegart realized his love for basketball, and like Lavin, set out to pursue a basketball coaching career. Having worked some 9 seasons at 2 nationally ranked programs, Zegart is proud to have recruited 2 players that went on to become junior college All-Americans, as well has having coached 5 academic All-Americans, and at least 13 players that would go on to play Division 1 basketball. Having coached under Larry Bird’s former Coach Bill Hodges, worked Coach Lavin’s basketball camps, and served under Florida High School Hall of Famer Jim Haley, Zegart has been exposed to some of the best minds in basketball.
Prior to coaching basketball and attending Purdue, Zegart earned his Master’s degree in Sports Psychology from Michigan State University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. With his academic background in the psychological aspects of sport, along with 9 seasons of collegiate basketball coaching, it is clear that Zegart’s approach to athletic performance comes from an eclectic, well rounded background.
Additionally, Zegart has worked with at risk youth as both a physical education director, and later as a club director with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. He started and ran the club in Canton, GA before returning to coaching. As a Physical Education Director, Zegart was Metro Atlanta’s first two-time recipient of the Physical Education Director of the Month Award.
Currently, Carey Zegart serves as a Special Education Teacher for at risk high school students and students with disabilities. He currently resides in Ocala, Florida, and is the proud parent of two Labrador Retrievers.