Bill Zack served as an assistant coach at UCLA for nine season (2002-2011). Working with all components of the rowing program, Zack was primarily responsible for the varsity fours. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator, heading efforts related to talent identification and communication with recruits.
In the spring of 2010, Zack helped UCLA earn its first-ever team berth to the NCAA Championships. UCLA's four provided one of the Bruins' biggest highlights at the Pac-10 Championships, earning a bronze medal finish to help the program secure a fifth-place team finish. The four finished second in the Third Final at NCAA Championships, after having had a very successful season. Other highlights included defeating Notre Dame at the SoCal Challenge, taking first place at Oregon State and a dual-meet win over San Diego State.
In previous years, Zack coached the varsity four and novice eight. Highlights include the novice eight winning the Pac-10 Championship in 2003 and a bronze medal in 2007. The four captured a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships in 2005.
Zack brought a multitude of coaching experience to UCLA. He served six years as the women's head coach at Sacramento State (1996-2002), one year as men's head coach at Old Dominion (1995-1996), one year as the elite lightweight women's coach at the Long Beach Rowing Association (1994-1995), three years as the women's head coach at Long Beach State (1991-1994) and six year coaching at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1986-1991). Zack's student-athletes have recieved numerous atheltic and academic accolades. Many have also progressed to the national and international levels, and some have achieved national and world champion status.
Zack has also been very involved with USRowing throughout his coaching career, taking advantage of many international opportunities. Moving up from the U.S. Olympic Festival team manager in 1989, he was assistant team leader for the 1996 Olympic rowing team and has also served as a team leader for the Pan-American Games, World Rowing Championships and the Junior World Rowing Championships. He coached the women's lightweight quad to a sixth-place finish at the 1997 World Rowing Championships.
Zack also has had extensive involvement coaching in the USRowing Women's Junior National Team system at both the selection camp and development camp levels. He has coached multiple crews to USRowing National Championships and to victories in CanAmMex competitions. He coached the women's junior squad to a 13th-place finish at the 2008 Junior World Rowing Championships.
At Sacramento State, Zack instituted many changes to the program, including the implementation of a strength and conditioning program, increased scholarships, and improvement in the fleet of rowing equipment. He led the Hornets to a bronze medal in the varsity four at the 1997 NCAA Championships, two consecutive Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) titles (2000-01), and a first-place finish in the College Eights event at the Henley Women's Regatta.
Zack compiled a 36-10 dual-meet record and gained 2000 and 2001 WIRA Coach of the Year accolades. He was instrumental in bringing the NCAA regatta to Lake Natoma. Zack also served as marketing and promotions director, and as the school's resident expert in regatta management when Sacramento State hosted the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in 1997 and 1999.
Aside from his experience as a coach, Zack has also served his sport as an administrator. He has been on the board of directors of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for many years and currently serves as its president. He was also a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) and was president in 2001-02. Zack has been the play-by-play announcer for nine NCAA Championships.
Zack rowed on the collegiate level for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he graduated in 1980. In 1986, he earned his master's degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1996 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
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