Macomb County Coaches HOF inductee Steve Zervas

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The Macomb County Coaches Hall of Fame will welcome its newest members at a ceremony on April 27 at Wyndham Garden, 15 Mile and Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Steve Zervas

There’s no crying in wrestling.

Do not believe that even for a minute.

“When John Wojciechowski won the state heavyweight championship, his dad and I went under the bleachers and had a good cry,” said Steve Zervas, the longtime former wrestling coach at Fitzgerald High School.

Zervas led the wrestling program for 34 years. He was also an assistant football coach for the Spartans for 14 seasons, and was the line coach at Birmingham Seaholm for two years.

“Coach Zervas has molded many young lives by teaching them discipline and hard work. He spent many long hours coaching and was a great mentor for many young men,” said John Wojciechowski. “I first met coach Servas when he was my P.E. instructor at Fitzgerald High School my freshman year.

“He asked me, an overweight 14-year-old boy, to be his heavyweight wrestler. He taught me the meaning of hard work and toughness. I was able to become a state runner-up my junior year and a state champion my senior year,” continued Wojciechowski, who teaches at Fitzgerald.

“Because of him I was able to get a full athletic scholarship to Michigan State University where I wrestled and played football. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduation I was fortunate enough to play seven seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.

“Coach Zervas taught me and others that through hard work, toughness and discipline anything was possible,” continued Wojciechowski. “He is one of the reasons that myself and many other young men were able to become successful.”

Zervas is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Wrestling Association Hall of Fame.

He was a driving force behind the Oakland County wrestling tournament (the first two were held at Fitzgerald), and was president of the Oakland County Wrestling Coaches Association for five years.

“What made coaching enjoyable? The competition and the relationships with young athletes as they turn into young men,” said Zervas.

His record as a wrestling coach was 291-192. His teams won two regional championships, one conference championship, had 15 state place winners and 83 state qualifiers.

In addition to wrestling and football, Zervas also coached track.

He served as mayor of Hazel Park from 1974 to 1986.

Steven and his wife, Bonnie had three children and six grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned bachelor and master’s degrees. He played football and wrestled in college.

Last Updated: 4/27/2017 1:38:03 PM EST