11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Central’s career softball victories leader, Zyzda posted a 76-29 mark, leading Central to four NCAA Division III tournament berths and the 1991 national championship. She also helped the Dutch place fourth in the U.S. in 1989 and third in 1990, with Iowa Conference titles in 1990 and 1991. Zyzda was a first-team all-America selection in1991, a two-time NCAA national finals all-tournament team honoree, a three-time all-conference pick, a two-time team co-captain and the 1990 team MVP. She threw a school record 723 innings, a record 99 complete games and 31 shutouts with a stingy 0.93 career earned run average.
Zyzda came to Central following a stellar career at Sioux City East High School where she posted a 109-23 record. She was inducted into the Iowa Girls’ High School Softball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Zyzda is in her 15th year as a teacher at Sioux City East High School where she was also head softball coach for 11 seasons, guiding the Raiders to fourth-place state tourney finishes in 1997 and 1999. She continues to serve as a youth softball coach.