Forty-two years ago, Northwood University tennis coach Zane Colestock began his coaching career. In that time, Zane has won 32 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships, has been named GLIAC Coach of the Year 20 times and led his players to victory in 878 dual matches. Zane is the winningest coach in collegiate tennis. As thrilled as we are about his incredible achievements, Zane has been part of even more important accomplishments. For example, last spring the women’s tennis team earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.39. This a great accomplishment when balancing academics and athletics.
Zane’s leadership example is a wonderful illustration of how actions speak louder than words. He is a gifted leader, and his gift transcends athletics to flow into the lives of our students. He exemplifies the leadership qualities we uphold, and serves as a walking example of how competitive and productive effort leads to excellence both on and off the court.
The character and skills Zane continues to develop in his teams evolves, year after year, into priceless life skills. Determination, motivation, discipline and the power of teamwork now live on in all the players Zane has touched in his four decades of coaching. And they live on at Northwood University as Zane continues his coaching legacy for another season.
On behalf of the entire Northwood University “team,” we wish our women all the best this weekend as they enter the GLIAC Conference Tournament. We are proud that you represent Northwood University and grateful that your leader is a stellar representation of the values we uphold here.
Thank you Zane, and go Lady Timberwolves!