Jim Zebrowski, whose Wisconsin-Whitewater team played in three national championship games and won a pair of NCAA Division III titles over the last three seasons, is the newest member of the Northern Illinois football coaching staff.
Zebrowski joined the staff in January 2010 and will work with the Northern Illinois quarterbacks.
Prior to coming to NIU, Zebrowski was the offensive coordinator and coached quarterbacks and receivers at UW-Whitewater, which won the 2007 and 2009 Division III National Championship and played in the 2008 title game. The Warhawks compiled a 42-3 record during his time in Whitewater, including a perfect 15-0 mark in 2009. The 2009 UW-W offense averaged 42.5 points and 489.6 yards per game, and Wisconsin-Whitewater quarterbacks completed 71.1 percent of their passes with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions with Zebrowski calling the plays. He was named the 2009 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and the Division III Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com.
Prior to his time at UW-Whitewater, Zebrowski spent four seasons as head coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc. where he led a resurgence of the Muskie football program. His Lakeland teams compiled a 28-12 mark, including a 24-4 record in the Illini-Badger Football Conference. Lakeland shared the IBFC championship in 2004 and won the title outright in 2005 and made the school's first trip to the Division III Playoffs. His Muskie teams never finished lower than second in the league.
Zebrowski, a native of Strongsville, Ohio who played football at Mount Union College, also was a member of a championship staff at Millikin College in Decatur, Ill. for the 2000-2002 seasons, when Millikin compiled a 24-6 overall record. With Zebrowski as offensive coordinator, Millikin won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2000. The Big Blue finished second in the nation in scoring (44.6 points per game) and rushed for nearly 300 yards per game that year.
His collegiate coaching career began at Southern Illinois University, where he spent the 1997 season as a graduate assistant before being elevated to work with tight ends (1998), wide receivers (Dec. 1998-April 1999) and quarterbacks (May 1999-February 2000). He left SIU for Millikin prior to the arrival of Kill in 2001.
Zebrowski earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Mount Union in 1991 and a master's degree from Southern Illinois in 2000. He also spent six years coaching in the Ohio high school ranks - at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio (1991-94) and Berea High School in Berea, Ohio (1994-97) - before going to SIU.
He and his wife, Heather, a volleyball coach who was named Female Athlete of the Year during her playing days at Southern Illinois, have two children, Zachary and Lauryn.
M.S., Southern Ilinois, 2000
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