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Zucco officially resigns as Seabury volleyball coach

Scottie Zucco, who coached the Seabury Hall girls volleyball team to eight Maui Interscholastic League Division II titles and three state runner-up finishes in the past 13 seasons, confirmed on Saturday that he has stepped down from the Spartans head-coaching helm.

Zucco submitted his resignation to the school on Aug. 19, but the school asked him to think about it — Zucco made it official with a text message to The Maui News, emphasizing that he has not decided to quit coaching. Seaury Hall clinched the MIL D-II crown and the state berth that goes with it on Saturday.

“After 15 years of service it was difficult to resign — especially in a year where we’ve fielded one of the strongest Spartan teams ever,” Zucco said. “I haven’t quit coaching. I’m still at Seabury coaching for the middle school volleyball team and excited for the club season to start.”

Current Seabury Hall coach Brian Connor, a three-year assistant coach under Zucco, said last month, “This is a program that (Zucco) built. We are just continuing that.”

Zucco has made sure to stay in the game — he has tutored many of the best players from Maui, especially in the beach game. Amy Ozee, a standout beach player at the University of Hawaii, played indoor for Zucco at Seabury Hall and is one of his beach pupils.

“With all the extra free time, I’ve been doing a fair amount of private training — mostly beach stuff, which is something I really enjoy,” Zucco said. “Seabury will be in good hands with new coach Brian Connor. He’s also got a nice pipeline of players coming up that will surely make Seabury proud.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.