TOLEDO — Napoleon High School graduate Freddie Zamora is tabbed to be an assistant men’s basketball coach at Owens Community College.
Zamora, who graduated from Napoleon in 2009, said he still needs to sign some paperwork, but he is set to begin duties for Owens as soon as possible.
“This is really the biggest step for me in my career right now,” said Zamora in a phone interview. “They want me recruiting in the area because I know a lot of the players. The last thing I needed to add for my career was recruiting, so it is nice to be able to recruit.”
Zamora comes to Owens while currently spending time as a 16-and-under assistant coach with the AAU program Mokan Elite out of Overland, Kansas. He is in charge of film editing, scouting reports and practices for Mokan Elite — one of the top AAU programs in the country.
Current NBA players Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) and Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets) were part of the program.
“It’s really crazy,” said Zamora, who has been with Mokan Elite for four years. “You go to these tournaments and you sit with Roy Williams and Shaka Smart and LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are standing on the sidelines. At first you feel like a little kid again, but the next time you are used to it.”
After competing in three tournaments, Mokan’s 16-U team posted an 18-0 record. After going undefeated in the first session in Atlanta, the team qualified to play for a Nike Peach Jam Championship in July. Zamora helps with scouting reports for Mokan — an assignment he expects to continue at Owens.
Prior to joining Mokan Elite, Zamora spent time at the NCAA Division 1 level as a graduate assistant coach at Oral Roberts University (Summit League). He helped with player development, statistics and practice duties.
Zamora played college basketball, and ran cross country, at Ohio Christian University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. He is expected to graduate with a master’s degree in leadership and business in 2020.
Zamora said he is excited to be moving back closer to his hometown.
“That is the biggest part, being around friends and family again,” said Zamora. “It’s been awesome.”