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Coach Name:Don Dziagwa
Phone Number:813-870-0860 x 294
The team is coming off a 19-9 season last year and expectations are high for another outstanding season. The team will play a very fast paced game. It will be basketball 'In the Fast Lane" for the team and fans this season. The schedule this year may be the most ambitious schedule ever taken on by the team and TC has always played a tough and challenging schedule. This year the team opens with the defending national champion Montverde Academy Eagles at Montverde. Montverde won the high School National Championship tournament last year and boasts over 5 division 1 prospects including the 2nd ranked senior in the state and the 1st ranked junior. The team will be playing in 2 Christmas tournaments and several shoot-out events this year. The team has accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, California. This is one of the top high school tournaments in the country and takes place after Christmas. Once again the team will also play in the City of Tampa Championship Tournament (CTC) held at Tampa Prep before Christmas. The team will play in 4 shoot-out events this year, Haines City, Montverde, Berkeley Prep, and Seminole. District games are scheduled against Berkeley Prep, Sarasota Booker, and Sarasota Military Academy, new to the district this year. Regular season games are also scheduled against Seffner Christian, Wiregrass Ranch, and St. Pete Catholic. TC hosts rival Jesuit on Friday, Jan. 10. The regular season schedule concludes with the Jesuit away game on Jan. 31. TC will host the district tournament this year on Feb. 5 and 7.
Dziagwa is a 1977 graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Upon graduation he returned to his high school alma mater Parkersburg Catholic, also nicknamed the Crusaders, to teach and coach. After two years there he moved to Wheeling, WV to join Skip Prosser, former head coach at Wake Forest University, at Central Catholic H.S. While an assistant, Central advanced to the West Virginia Final Four and Dziagwa’s JV and sophomore teams had a combined 28-1 record. After two years as the head coach at St. Mary’s H.S., Dziagwa moved to Florida and became an assistant at Tampa Catholic. The head coach at the time was Gordon Gibbons, now in the Florida high school Hall of Fame.. Dziagwa was an assistant at TC for 3 seasons, one of which TC advanced to the State Final Four, before he took the head coaching job at Leto H.S. Dziagwa spent 5 seasons at Leto before returning to TC as the head coach.
Dziagwa has been named the All-Suncoast Coach of the Year twice. He has been named County Coach of the Year three times, and coached the South team to a 106-105 victory over the North in the 1996 Florida all-star game. His teams have won the Hillsborough County Team of the Year Award twice. TC has played games in Europe, New York, California, Georgia, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas. He has also traveled with all-star teams to the Soviet Union, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and the Netherlands Dziagwa runs a very successful summer basketball camp at TC that annually attracts over 300 players each year. He has served twice on the state basketball coaches’ advisory board.
Dziagwa has been active coaching AAU basketball. He has coached teams that have advanced to 5 AAU National Championship tournaments. When he first moved to Florida he was an assistant for 2 years with Team Florida helping them win a national championship in 1984.
Coach Dziagwa is married to the former Mary Lamoureux, daughter of former Tampa Catholic teacher, Nancy Lamoureux, and is employed at Villa Madonna. Mary is a Tampa Catholic graduate. They are the proud parents of four, Matt 24, a senior at St. Pete College, and a TC assistant coach, Annie 23, a senior at Flagler College majoring in secondary English education with plans on becoming a teacher, Grace 19, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, all 3 are TC graduates, and Thomas 15, a sophomore at TC.
|Day||Date||Opponent||Home / Away||Time||Varsity / JV||Results||W/L|
|Tues.||Nov. 12||TBA||Northeast Tip-off||TBA||Varsity|
|Thurs.||Nov. 14||TBA||Northeast Tip-off||TBA||Varsity|
|Fri.||Nov. 29||Montverde Academy||Montverde Thanksgiving Classic||TBA||Varsity|
|Sat.||Nov. 30||Leesburg||Montverde Thanksgiving Classic||TBA||Varsity|
|Tues.||Dec. 3||Seffner Christian||away||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Fri.||Dec. 6||Sarasota Booker||away||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Sat.||Dec. 7||Haines City||Haines City Invitational||5:15||Varsity|
|Wed.||Dec. 11||Sarasota Military||HOME||5:30/7||Varsity/JV|
|Fri.||Dec. 13||Wiregrass Ranch||HOME||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Tues.||Dec. 17||St. Pete Catholic||away||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Fri.||Dec. 20||City of Tampa Championship||Tampa Prep||TBA||Varsity|
|Sat.||Dec. 21||City of Tampa Championship||Tampa Prep||TBA||Varsity|
|Mon.||Dec.23||City of Tampa Championship||Tampa Pep||TBA||Varsity|
|Thurs.||Dec.26||MaxPreps Holiday Classic||Palm springs, CA||TBA||Varsity|
|Fri.||Dec. 27||MaxPreps Holiday Classic||Palm Springs, CA||TBA||Varsity|
|Sat.||Dec. 28||MaxPreps Holiday Classic||Palm Springs, CA||TBA||Varsity|
|Mon.||Dec. 30||MaxPreps Holiday Classic||Palm Springs, CA||TBA||Varsity|
|Fri.||Jan. 3||Lakeland Kathleen||Berkeley Prep Invitational||1:30||Varsity|
|Sat.||Jan. 4||Ransom Everglades||Berkeley Prep Invitational||4:00||Varsity|
|Tues.||Jan. 7||Berkeley Prep||away||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Fri.||Jan. 17||Sarasota Booker||HOME||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Sat.||Jan. 18||TBA||Seminole Invitational||TBA||Varsity|
|Wed.||Jan. 22||Sarasota Military||away||5:30/7||Varsity/JV|
|Fri.||Jan. 24||Berkeley Prep||HOME||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Tues.||Jan. 28||Tampa Prep||away||6/7:30||Varsity/JV|
|Wed./Fri.||Feb. 5/7||District Tourney||HOME||7:30||Varsity|
|Tues.-Sat.||Feb.1-March 1||Final Four||Lakeland||TBA||Varsity|
TAMPA CATHOLIC 1000 POINT CLUB
Over the Past Twenty-Two Years…
Tampa Catholic has achieved unparalleled success in its boy’s basketball program. A program that has achieved success in the past has become one of the most consistent programs in the state and a model for other programs to build upon.
Since the 1991-92 Season, the Crusaders have…
- Won 373 games, or 17 wins per season.
- Seven 20-win seasons. On Three other occasions the team won 19 games.
- Eight district championships. TC has seventeen district championships in its storied history.
- Eight-district runner-up finishes.
- Sixteen trips to the Regionals.
- Six trips to the regional finals.
- Four trips to the State Final Four. TC had one Final Four appearance prior to 1991.
- Been named the Hillsborough County Team of the Year on two occasions.
- Won one State Championship in 1995.
- Thirteen players who have scored over 1000 points during this time span. TC has a total of twenty-two 1000-point scorers, more than any other Hillsborough county school.
- Have been ranked in the top 10 in the state poll 10 times. Ironically the Crusaders finished out of the top 10 at the end of the regular season in 1995, the State Championship year.
- Have been ranked # 1 during the season on several occasions. The 1995-6 season saw the Crusaders ranked #1 throughout the season only to lose to Pahokee in the regional final in an unbelievable setting that still evokes stories from those in attendance.
- Had a day named in their honor by the mayor of the city of Tampa. This occurred on March 8, 1995.
- Had one state class 3A player of the year and numerous all-county, all- Suncoast, and all-state honorees.
- Have played in tournaments in California, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC and Las Vegas. The Crusaders also traveled to Austria, Slovenia, and Italy in the summer of 1996.
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