A graduate of Lakewood HS “Larry” D’Zio attended Tulane University and Monmouth College where he graduated with a B.S. degree in History.

    Coach D’Zio’s professional career at JMHS spanned 37 years as a history teacher and guidance counselor.  He was head baseball coach an incredible 32 years (1965-1997).  Coach D’Zio in that time collected 407 career wins, 5 division titles, 2 Shore Conference titles, a County title, and 2 South Jersey State Championships.  In 1972 Coach “D” led the Jaguars to the overall NJ Group III title.

    One of the most recognizable figures in Shore Conference baseball history, Coach D’Zio received the Spotlight Award from Madison Square Garden, the NJSIAA Sports Award and was named to the NJ Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

    Coach D’Zio received the ultimate compliment when the varsity baseball field was named in his honor.  This remarkable achievement was extraordinary considering that Lakewood High School’s varsity baseball field is named Lawrence D’Zio Field after his father, longtime Lakewood baseball coach.