Alumni Spotlight - Men's Basketball's Todd Ziogas '98
Former men’s basketball player Todd Ziogas made the most of the opportunities presented to him at Pace University. When looking at prospective colleges as a high school recruit, he had two focuses: finding a sound finance program and playing basketball. Eventually he found all that and more in Pace University.
“Pace offered me the chance to live and play basketball in New York City. It offered me the best opportunity to do the two things I wanted to focus on most: basketball and finance,” said Ziogas. “What I enjoyed most about studying at Pace were the interesting professors that I was able to interact with and meet over the years. Many of them had careers outside of Pace and as a result they could share their real life experiences with the students.”
Ziogas is only one of two players in men’s basketball history at Pace to total over 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals for a career. He currently ranks tied for second in scoring at 1,892 points and first in the men’s basketball single season assist record at 163 and career assist record at 475. Ziogas was the NYCAC Rookie of the Year (1996), Pace Male Co-Athlete of the year (1997-98), Second Team All Northeast-10 Conference (1997-1998). In his senior season he was named First Team All NE-10, ECAC Div II Third Team, NIT/MET Div II Player of the Year and winner of the Darrell Halloran Memorial Letterwinner of the Year. He also went on to be a member of the USBL Brooklyn Kings in the 1999 season as well as a play in Greece in as well.
Off the court, one faculty member he recalls making an impact was Dr. Walter Raubicheck, an academic advisor to the men’s basketball program at the NYC campus. “He was an invaluable asset to the program and the student athletes. He took time out to meet with each athlete and expressed his genuine interest in each athlete.”
During his junior year at Pace, he received his first internship on Wall Street at Smith Barney. Many believe this is a great time for undergraduates to start their working experience, Ziogas considers otherwise. “The only thing that I would say is that I wish I had started interning earlier. It was a great opportunity and allowed me to see what the world of finance in NY was all about.”
After completing his degree in finance, Ziogas began working in the wealth management industry. He has worked for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and is currently a senior vice president of wealth management of UBS. Ziogas also leads The Schecter Ziogas Group from the UBS wealth management headquarters office in New York City. The Schecter Ziogas Group focuses on advising families, non-profit organizations and corporate retirement plans. “I really enjoy having personal relationships with all of my clients and truly trying to make a difference in their lives,” remarked Ziogas. “Every day is a new journey and I look forward to the challenge of advising my clients through all of those life events.”
Ziogas credits his success to the opportunities found at Pace and hard work. “Pace has a great long history and has many graduates out there willing to help. It takes work, but trying to leverage those graduates can be your best asset.” In addition, his experience as a student-athlete transformed him into the well-rounded individual he is today. “Playing basketball at Pace allowed me to build great friendships, character and accountability. You had to be able to balance school work, social life and athletics.”
So what would he tell today’s student-athletes about how to become a successful college basketball player, scholar athlete and successful senior vice president? “I would advise all student-athletes the importance of engaging and starting that process early in your collegiate career. The more experience you have, the better position you will be in to make educated and informed decisions in your career.”
Todd Ziogas now has five children and he and his wife focus on developing them as well rounded people both athletically and academically. He is one of many successful alumni connecting with Pace today and sharing his story. We’re proud to have been a part of that success story.