June 17, 2002
Los Angeles - UCLA Athletics hires two-time WIRA Coach of the Year Bill Zack as assistant coach for women's rowing, effective July 1. Zack, who completed his sixth year as head coach for Sacramento State, brings several years of coaching experience to UCLA. He joins the Bruins under head coach Amy Fuller to jump-start the 2002-03 season.
Since taking over Sacramento State's rowing program at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, Zack has overseen many changes including the implementation of a strength and conditioning program, increased scholarships, and new state-of-the-art racing shells, ergometers, and oars.
This season, Zack led Sacramento State to a 7-2 dual meet record and a silver medal at the WIRA Championships. In six years as head coach, Zack guided the Hornets to a bronze medal in the varsity four at the 1997 NCAA Championships, two-consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association titles (2000, 2001), and a first-place finish in the College Eights event at the Henley Women's Regatta. Zack compiled a 36-10 dual meet record with the Hornets and was named 2000 and 2001 WIRA Coach of the Year.
An array of Zack's student-athletes have received all-WIRA honors, CRCA National Scholar-Athlete awards, and US Rowing Honor Roll accolades. Many have also progressed to the national and international level, becoming national champions and world championship medallists. Zack has also been instrumental in bringing the NCAA event to Lake Natoma. He served as marketing and promotions director, as well as his school's resident expert in regatta management, when Sacramento State hosted the NCAA women's rowing championships in 1997 and 1999.
Prior to coaching at Sacramento State, Zack was the men's varsity rowing coach at Old Dominion and spent three years as head coach of the women's squad at Long Beach State. He also spent a year as the elite lightweight women's coach of the Long Beach Rowing Association, members of which collected three golds, one silver and one bronze medal at the 1995 U.S. Rowing National Championships.
Zack has also served his sport as an administrator, elected as president of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association. In addition, he served as vice president of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, and was elected to the Board of Directors from the West Region in December of 1999. Zack also sat on the board of directors for the CRCA from 1993-1995 and served as a member of the WIRA board of stewards from 1991 to 1995. Zack was also appointed to serve on the West Regional advisory committee for the 2001 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.
Zack has maintained relationships with U.S. Rowing throughout his collegiate coaching career, taking advantage of many international coaching opportunities. Moving up from U.S. Olympic Festival team manager, a position he occupied in 1989, to assistant team leader of the 1996 Olympic team, Zack has also served as team leader for the World Rowing Championships, Junior World Rowing Championships and the Pan American Games.
He helped guide the women's lightweight quad to a sixth-place finish in 1997 at the world championships as an assistant coach. While coaching the women's sculling Pan American Games Trials crew, his women's quad and lightweight quad both placed first. He has also had top finishes at the U.S. National Championships and the American Rowing Championships.
Zack also rowed on the collegiate level, where he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1980. In 1986, he received his master's degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management. That same year, Zack began his coaching career as the freshman rowing coach of his alma mater.