In the mind of North Allegheny High School athletic director and Washington Wild Things bench coach Bob Bozzuto, sleeping is overrated.
That's about the only way to explain how a 55-year-old man who runs one of the top high school athletic programs in Pennsylvania could find the time to be a part of the Frontier League baseball team that will play host to the league's All-Star Game later this month at Consol Energy Park in North Franklin, Washington County.
"Anyone who knows me knows I don't sleep very much," said a relaxed Bozzuto just hours before the Wild Things defeated the Frontier Greys, 6-5, in 10 innings on Sunday evening.
The victory improved the Wild Things' record to 21-18 heading into a road series with the West Division-leading Gateway Grizzlies that began Tuesday night.
"The bottom line is: I sleep three to four hours, and I think some people don't believe it," he said. "I have done that for a number of years, and I don't have an alarm clock."
Bozzuto, who lives in Hempfield Township, has been an educator for 35 years. He worked at Hempfield Area and Franklin Regional high schools before taking over as North Allegheny's athletic director in 1999.
How much does he love his job with the school district based in McCandless?
"This sounds corny," he said. "But every time I turn into the school parking lot, no matter when I'm going into the lot -- Saturday or Sunday or whatever -- I do get goose pimples. It's a privilege."
And it's a district that wins a lot. In the school year of 2012-13 that just ended, Tigers varsity teams won state titles in football, water polo, ice hockey and boys volleyball. North Allegheny also won WPIAL crowns in boys track and field, boys swimming, girls swimming, boys cross country, football and boys volleyball.
Bozzuto believes many consider the Tigers' prowess a quality that will bring about a fair amount of pressure. Although he believes there might be some truth to that sentiment, he considers it an admirable trait.
"I tell my coaches that when Billie Jean King was playing Bobby Riggs [in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 1973], she said 'Pressure is a privilege.' I tell our coaches that because it is [a privilege].
"It's not pressure from outside sources, it's pressure on yourself. But being at North Allegheny -- and people refer to it as the 'University of North Allegheny' -- there is a lot of pressure. We just want to do things well. We have great young people who work hard."
Bozzuto, however, wanted to get back to something that he cannot do at North Allegheny and that's coach. There are some athletic directors who do coach. But with 30 varsity sports at North Allegheny, it would be extremely difficult for Bozzuto to put on two hats while running the school's athletic department.
Because he is capably assisted by administrative assistants Patti McClure and Bonnie Woods, however, he felt that a return to the Wild Things might be feasible, particularly since Bart Zeller was named the team's field manager prior to the 2013 season.
"Bart is an excellent guy," Bozzuto said. "Bart and I both have an old-school mentality in terms of how we do things and like things done.
"I've always seen Bart [as an opponent] when he was an assistant coach at Southern Illinois and then when he was a manager with Joliet. I always watched him and how he did certain things and his style of play. I knew of him and had talked to him, but never really had much time to sit down with him. But we're having a ball. We get along so well."
Bozzuto said coaching with the Wild Things greatly helps him as an athletic administrator.
"I stay in touch with young people," he said. "I also understand the peaks and the valleys that go on [in athletics]. As an athletic administrator, I don't coach, but I formally and informally make recommendations to coaches. We sit down and talk. We watch what they are doing. That's my role to make sure that the kids have a good high school experience because it's the only one they'll have."
His work ethic is legendary.
"When we're on a bus for 10 hours [on the first day of a road trip], I'll do nine-and-a-half hours of work," he said. "There might be times when I'll doze off for about 15 minutes [on the bus], but when I wake up, I'm right back to work."
There is no dozing when it comes to his commitment to the Wild Things and the team's fans.
"We were 90 feet away from winning a [Frontier League] title in 2007," he said. "I am very dedicated to bringing a championship to Washington, and I will do my part to help that."