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George Ziegenfuss (1917 in Centerville, Wisconsin – December 2, 2007 in San Diego, California) was the head men's basketball coach at San Diego State University from 1948 until 1969.

Playing careerEdit

Ziegenfuss was a three-year letterman for the Washington Huskies. He was an All-Pacific Coast Conference player in 1939, when the Huskies finished 20-5 under coach Hec Edmundson.[1]


Coaching careerEdit

Ziegenfuss was the winningest and longest-tenured head coach for the San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team, serving from 1948 until 1969. He was a coach in 545 games and compiled 316 wins during his tenure, winning five conference championships.[2][3] In 1969 he quit because he wanted to show his protest to the fact that the SDSU got demoted to a "small college". He was inducted into the Aztecs Hall of Fame in 1994.[4]


Family life Edit

George lived together with his wife Jean in a suburb of San Diego. Very well known became his daughter Valerie Ziegenfuss who was a professional Tennisplayer in the 1970's. She for instance won the US-Open and also was a medalwinner at the Olympic games. Valerie's daughter Allison Bradshaw also was a professional tennis player in the 1990's.

A son Fritz Ziegenfuss was in George's team and later was a coach of the team of the Patrick Henry High for 27 years.

George had another son Ken and a daughter Lyn. He died at the age of 90 years as a result of a stroke when he was writing a poem for Allison 27th birthday.[5] [6] [7]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Seattle Times - United States - December 5, 2007
  2. San Diego Union Tribune - United States - December 5, 2007
  3. North County Times - Escondido,CA,USA - December 4, 2007
  4. http://goaztecs.cstv.com/genrel/ziegenfuss_george00.html
  5. San Diego Union Tribune - United States - December 5, 2007
  6. Seattle Times - United States - December 5, 2007
  7. North County Times - Escondido,CA,USA - December 4, 2007


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