Golf coach sings national anthem

by Tim Burt

Northwood teacher Zach Halop led the girls golf team to a CIF title while also serving as the voice of the Timberwolves.

Northwood High teacher Zach Halop wants to prove that “no chasm exists between arts and sports.”

Halop, a professional singer, is leading by example. For the past 10 years, he has served as the vocal music director on campus, the girls and boys golf coach, and calls the football and basketball games as the voice of the Timberwolves. If that were not enough, Halop also sings the National Anthem at basketball games and some football games.

“For me, it’s really important to be involved in sports and the arts. I work to show the kids that they can be an athlete and still enjoy and excel in the arts,” Halop said.

In addition to his musical prowess, Halop has seen great success as a coach, leading the girls golf team to a CIF title in 2011 and securing nine league championships — seven in a row.

Halop is the kind of teacher that is “all in.” He gets involved in every aspect of student life and seeks to lead by example.

 “Music and sports have been the joy of my life. Having the opportunity to share this with my students is a true gift.”