|Previous College:||Navy '95|
|At Bryant Since:||September 2011 (first season)|
Motivational leader, goal-driven mentor, and innovator, Jake Zweig has brought the standards of excellence in training, toughness, focus and teamwork from his former world as a Navy SEAL commando to college football. Mr. Zweig has earned professional success as a naval special warfare officer and applies that same intensity and commitment to coaching his players.
Coach Zweig took a brief hiatus from football last summer and accepted the History Channel's invitation to compete in the television show “Top Shot.” He earned expert pistol and rifle marksmanship awards in the Navy and sought to showcase the elite Navy SEAL training and esprit de corps. Zweig eagerly competed against law enforcement officers, military snipers, and professional shooters with his usual full-throttle and out-of-the box approach.
Coach Zweig's previous coaching experience includes assignments as the defensive line and special team's coach at the University of New Hampshire. Zweig boosted the New Hampshire defense to 21st in the nation in sacks—up from 109th the previous year—with two defensive players earning All-League status under his tutelage. In addition to his success on the field, Zweig earned appointments to the University President’s Commission on the Status of Disable People, the President’s Commission on the Status of People of Color and the NCAA’s Football Coaches Academy Class of 2009.
Coach Zweig began his coaching career in 2005 when he joined the University of Maryland staff as a graduate assistant working with the Terrapin wide receivers. A life-long athlete and team leader, Mr. Zweig returned to college athletics following a successful career in the U.S. Navy. Zweig graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 as a commissioned officer. He served as a surface warfare officer for two years onboard the U.S.S. Merrimack before reporting for Navy SEAL training at Basic Underwater Demolition School. SEAL training is the most grueling and demanding physical and mental regimen in the world and Zweig not only personally excelled at the challenge, but mentored the other trainees through the program and was named the SEAL class leader. Following his SEAL training, Zweig reported to SEAL Team 8 in Little Creek, VA and attained the rank of Lieutenant.