1999 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Dr. Michael T. Zagardo was an outstanding basketball player for the Colonials for four seasons ('77-80). A 6-foot-10 center for Colonials coach Bob Tallent, he scored 1,418 points, which ranks 11th on the GW all-time scoring list. He also grabbed 824 career rebounds, leading GW in that category three years in a row ('78-80). He was his team's MVP in 1980 and also earned co-MVP honors (with Les Anderson) as a sophomore in 1978.
While leading his team twice in scoring (16.0 in '79 and 15.6 in '78), he also led the squad three straight years ('78-80) in field goal percentage. In fact, his career field goal percentage (59% on 537 of 910 attempts) ranks second only to Alexander Koul '98, who hit 61% of his shots. In addition, he earned Eastern Eight (pre-Atlantic 10) All-Conference first team honors in '79 and '80 as well as second team accolades as a soph in '78.
Upon graduation in 1980, Zagardo was drafted by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks in the sixth round. He elected, however, to play professionally for a season in Holland. A zoology major and an Academic All-America as a undergraduate, he enrolled at George Washington University Medical School in 1981, from which he graduated in 1985. After serving his residency in diagnostic radiology, he spent six years at the University of Virginia where he had a fellowship in neuro-radiology and then another five years at the University of Maryland Medical System. He then joined the staff at OSF-St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill.
Zagardo is married to the former Janice Turtora, a three-time GW letterwinner in swimming, who later earned her Ph.D. in economics. The Zagardos have three children: Michelle, David and Mitchell.