David Zazzaro, the 2017 SAA Coach of the Year and only head men's lacrosse coach in Rhodes College history, enters his seventh season in 2018.
In six years as the head coach of the Lynx, Zazzaro has compiled a record of 47-46 with the last three years posting winning records. In 2017, the Lynx captured their first SAA Regular Season Conference Title with a 7-0 record while amassing a program record 14 wins. Additionally, in 2017 the Lynx advanced to the SAA Tournament Championship game finishing as runner ups.
In 2016, the Lynx were named statistical champions for the Man-Down Defensive Percentage and Zazzaro was named SAA Coach of the Year.
A collegiate coach of 20 years, Zazzaro became Colorado College’s sixth head coach in 2002 after a highly successful coaching experience at Colby College, where his 70-52 (.574) record in nine years still ranks him as the program’s all-time winningest lacrosse coach. In eight seasons with the Tigers, he compiled a 52-44 (.542) record.
In addition to being honored as the New England Division III Coach of the Year in 1998, Zazzaro was selected to coach in the 2001 and 2009 North-South Division III All-Star Game. During his stint at Colby, the boundaries of lacrosse success were stretched. The White Mules were nationally ranked four consecutive years, climbing as high as No. 13 in 1999. In 1998, they won the competitive NESCAC league title. In all, Colby competed in five regional post-season tournaments under Zazzaro.
Zazzaro earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew University in 1991, where he was a standout soccer and lacrosse player. During his senior year, he was invited to participate in the North-South Division III All-Star Game in Maryland. He began his coaching career at SUNY-Potsdam in 1991, serving as the assistant coach for the men’s soccer and lacrosse programs. Additionally, Zazzaro completed his MBA at Regis University (Denver, Co.) in 2011.
In 2014 Zazzaro was the offensive coordinator for the Mexican National Team in the F.I.L World Championships where the team finished 23rd out of 38 attending countries. In 2010 in the Mexican National Team's first exposure to the World Championships, Mexico finished 29th in the world.
While at Colby and Colorado College, Zazzaro served on the NCAA Regional Selection Committee and the All America National Committee. During the summer and offseason months, Zazzaro runs lacrosse camps, tournaments, clinics throughout the country.
At Rhodes College, Zazzaro will also double as the Assistant Coordinator of Facilities.