Jake Zweig
Jake Zweig
Title: Defensive Line
Previous College: Navy '95
Fax: 401-232-6067
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.

Currently on the Bryant University coaching staff  and reunited with his former coach, Marty Fine, from the Naval Academy Prep School, Coach Zweig is challenging the Bulldog defensive cadre to stretch for ambitious goals and re-define their knowledge of the game and themselves. Zweig expanded his own perspective of football earlier this year by participating in the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy in Orlando, Florida.  After the coaches academy, Zweig was selected for the National Football League's Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship with the Oakland Raiders, during which gained valuable experience with the Oakland defensive line and special teams staff and 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's arrival to the New Hampshire staff followed one successful season as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Iona College and prior to Iona, he spent two seasons as the defensive line and special teams coach at the Catholic University of America.  While at Catholic, his special teams earned top conference honors in both touchdowns scored and punt return yards. 
 
Off the field, Coach Zweig is a natural recruiter and relates to prospective players and their parents by drawing from his own personal experiences of setting and achieving difficult goals.  As a result, he was instrumental in recruiting the largest class in the history of Catholic football.  A true mentor to his team, Zweig charted and executed academic progression plans, identified potential academic problems early, and created incentives for consistent performance.  The Catholic team responded with significantly higher grade point averages during Zweig’s tenure.

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.
 
Coach Zweig has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.  His athletic record at the Naval Academy includes playing nose guard for Coach George Chaump, varsity wrestling, and an intensive swimming routine in preparation to be a Navy diver.
 
A native of Steilacoom, Washington, he attended the Charles Wright Academy of Tacoma where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the 1989 State runner-up football team.  He was also a State “A” wrestling champion and a member of the varsity golf team.  He is married to the former Sarah Claud of Stony Creek, Virginia.