Nevada Union renames pool in honor of Craig Zetterberg
The pool where Craig Zetterberg spent countless hours coaching young athletes and molding the Nevada Union girls water polo team into a perennial playoff contender now bears his name.
“Our home pool forever more, from this day forward in our district is not the Nevada Union pool anymore, It’s the Craig Zetterberg Aquatics Center,” said Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Louise Johnson.
Zetterberg, an educator and water polo coach at Nevada Union, died of a heart attack March 15, 2014. His presence on campus has been sorely missed, said Nevada Union Athletic Director Jeff Dellis.
“I’m not sure you can adequately quantify what he meant to NU,” Dellis said. “His impact went way beyond what he did for kids, did for teachers and did for the community. He was the whole package. There was no agenda other than doing what was best for the kids. He drove the Partnership Academy, he drove the aquatics program, he was getting more and more comfortable in his role as a leader on campus. He was born to teach and he was an incredibly special person.”
In front of nearly 100 friends, colleagues, former players and family, including Zetterberg’s widow, Collette, and children Alexandra and Keegan, several people close to Zetterberg spoke at the dedication.
Zetterberg’s father, Bob, who spoke through a voice cracking with emotion, told stories of his son as a boy and as a teenager. He also spoke of the man and educator his son had become.
“Craig’s presence will always be felt here at NU, and in the hearts of the people he touched,” Bob Zetterberg said, as he addressed the crowd. “He was always there for (his students). He was always about them and never about him.”
Bob Zetterberg and his wife, Carrie, donated a bench to the aquatics center in memory of their son.
Dellis opened the dedication ceremony by first stating the signage that welcomes people to the pool and dedication should have happened earlier, but they wanted to make sure they got it right.
“This is a great tribute to a man that we will not soon forget,” Dellis said.
NU Principal Dan Frisella also spoke of the impact Zetterberg made in his time at Nevada Union.
“I think we all know that Craig was a very special person, and there are not a lot of people that I have come across in my professional career or in my life that had the impact that Craig had,” said Frisella.
“Craig had 100 percent buy-in from his water polo players, 100 percent buy-in from every one of his students in his classroom. Everyone was on board. It takes a unique and special person to orchestrate that and generate that belief. It takes great leadership.”
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