Gene Zulk, a 6-5 forward from Spencer, S.D., set the SDSU single-season record for field goal accuracy, shooting 56.9 percent as a senior. Zulk averaged 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game over a 75-game career, earning all-conference honors in 1969, when he averaged 20 points per game in conference play. In a 102-86 victory over USD in 1969, Zulk had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and in 1968, he had a 30-point, 15-rebound performance in an 86-74 victory over the Coyotes.
Zulk came back to SDSU as a coach, first as an assistant to his collegiate coach, Jim Marking, then as Marking’s successor as head coach. He is SDSU’s all-time winningest coach in men’s basketball, with a 176-128 record for 11 seasons. Zulk coached the 1985 SDSU team which finished runner-up in the NCAA Division II tournament.
After leaving SDSU, Zulk spent one year in the public school system at Lewiston, Idaho, then moved to Minnetonka, Minn., where he has been a school administrator at Mound Westonka High School since 1989.