Health concerns bring and end to 21 years at the helm
Peter Zerfas announced he is stepping down as boys basketball coach for Fremont High School. His decision was greatly influenced by the complications of his Type 1 diabetes and a more recent development of Peripheral Arterial Disease, often related to diabetes.
Coach Zerfas, 51, amassed a 318-151 record and during his tenure the Packers filled the trophy case with 9 District titles and 8 conference crowns. This past season the team finished 14-5 His departure coincides with the graduation of his point guard for the past 3 years who also happens to be the youngest member of the Zerfas family, Joshua.
During an interview following his 250th win (2017) Coach Z. was asked who his mentors have been.
“My parents. I learned so much from them and I try to pass those lessons on to my kids.
“As far as basketball mentors I was very fortunate to have 2 Fremont coaching legends who I learned from. Dean Morehouse hired me as a JV coach and I learned a ton about basketball coaching under him. I worked side by side for 3 years with Steve Eckert and I have learned more about basketball from him than anyone else."
We also asked what he liked best about coaching.
"The relationships you make with players and watching and helping them grow as young men. Playing a part in their development is very rewarding."