Matt Zunic

Matt Zunic (1919-2006)

Teams coached: Boston University Terriers, UMass Minutemen
Boston University record: 96-58 (.623)
UMass record: 57-41 (.582)
Westfield State record^: 61-37 (.582)
Overall record^: 214-136 (.607)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1959, 1962)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1959)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Yankee Regular Season Champion:  1  (1962)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1972-1976 Westfield State
1970-1971 Hatford Capitols
1959-1963 UMass
1952-1959 Boston University
1951-1952 UMass (asst)
1950-1951 George Washington (asst)

Matt Zunic Facts

  • Matthew J. Zunic
  • Born December 12, 1919
  • Died December 15, 2006
  • Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: George Washington University (BA, 1941)
  • Played for head coach William Reinhart at George Washington; teammates with future HOF coach Red Auerbach
    • After college, Zunic served in the United States Navy during World War II
    • Upon his return, he played professionally with the Midland Dow Chemical Company basketball team from 1945-48; also led the team for one season as a player-coach (1947-48)
    • Spent the 1948-49 BAA season playing for the Washington Capitols, where he was coached by Auerbach
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, working as one of Reinhart‘s assistants at GWU
    • Then spent one season as an assistant at UMass under head coach Lorin BallR
  • Recommended by Auerbach for the head coaching position at Boston University, getting hired in 1952
    • Went 96-58 over seven seasons at the helm, finishing above .500 in each of his last five campaigns
    • The 1958-59 Terriers went 20-7 and reached the NCAA Tournament, finishing as a regional runner-up
  • Left BU in 1959 to become the head coach at UMass, leading the Minutemen for the next four seasons
    • Was 57-41 overall, highlight by a Yankee title and NCAA Tournament berth in 1962 (15-9 record)
  • Later coached the Hartford Capitols (EBPL) for the 1970-71 season and then was hired at D-III Westfield State (MA)
    • Led the program for four seasons, compiling a 61-37 record during that tenure
  • Passed away in 2006 at the age of 87 in Crystal River, Florida

Matt Zunic Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and Division III levels only