No one radiated a sunnier mood during a balmy NCAA Tournament practice than the 65-year old with a knee replacement and less than a month left of unretired life.
“You see that, coach?!” Bill Zaima yelled to Stella Sampras Webster. The animated volunteer coach was feeding return drill balls and witnessing fierce rallies between senior Carling Seguso and sophomore Courtney Dolehide, two players who spent much of the season hobbled by lower body injuries.
Each Bruin, however, looked to be regaining form for the postseason, as they laced their points with a chorus of grunts and punctuated exchanges with vicious finishes. All the while, Zaima offered his encouragement and suggestions
The man who can sometimes be seen wearing team-matching yellow shorts has a way of drawing smiles throughout the program with his lighthearted nature.