Sports

Baseball’s Succow enjoys mentoring students, developing players

By J.P. Hajjar ’16
THE ROUNDUP

Photo by JP Hajjar '16 -- Mr. Succow pitches batting practice to the varsity baseball team after school.

Mr. Tom Succow is a college counselor and the head coach for the varsity baseball team.

Mr. Succow said he enjoys his job as a college counselor and mentoring students as they head to college.

“I like working with individuals, especially college counseling,” Mr. Succow said. “I really enjoy working and directing young people in the college process in helping or assisting them in achieving their goals of attempting to get into the universities of their choice.”

Ryan Castellani ’14 said he appreciates Mr. Succow as a coach and a counselor.

“As a counselor, he has just helped me with the whole process,” Castellani said. “He has just helped me with the whole application process and just taught me really how to get it all done.”

Mr. Succow has been at Brophy for 38 years, and has coached baseball as well as football.

“As a child, I was always interested in athletics and originally I started out wanting to be a high school football coach,” Mr. Succow said. “ I did coach football here for 20 years. I coached under Mr. (Tim) Sanford, but the opportunity came about also to coach baseball, which I love. I’ve been here since the fall of 1975, so this is my 39th year here.”

His players said they respect him for the way he helps them develop.

“He’s a good coach,” said Adrian Zubia ’15. “He knows his players well and does a good job.”

Castellani said Mr. Succow was the one who gave him the opportunity to become the player he is now.

“He takes charge and always has a plan,” Castellani said. “He is ready to go everyday.”

Mr. Succow attended two different colleges before making the move to Phoenix.

“I began my education in New Jersey, and I attended community college for a couple of years, attended Seton Hall University and then I transferred out here to ASU,” Mr. Succow said.

He made the move to Phoenix since the love of his life came here first.

“By that time I was tired of the east coast and wanted to move west,” Mr. Succow said. “My wife, we were boyfriend/girlfriend, high school sweethearts, she moved here with her family and I followed. Shortly afterwards we got engaged we have been married almost 42 years.”

Mr. Succow’s wife’s side of the family lives in Arizona, along with his brother; however, most of his family still lives on the east coast.

“I have a brother that lives here, I have a sister that lives in Ohio, but I do have family on the East Coast in the New Jersey, New York area,” Mr. Succow said.