Postgame quotes from Minnesota's 28-23 win
Brick by Brick: Episode #4 - The Return
Jim Zebrowski is in his fourth season on the Gopher coaching staff. He is responsible for coaching the quarterbacks.
Minnesota started two quarterback in 2013 and both of them found success. Sophomore Philip Nelson passed for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns, while also rushing for 364 yards and six scores. Redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner rushed for 407 yards and seven touchdowns, while also passing for 619 yards and three score.
Despite starting three different quarterbacks in 2012, the Gophers passed for 19 touchdowns after passing for only 10 in 2011. Zebrowski coached Nelson, who was a true freshman, as he passed for 873 yards and eight touchdowns, which was the third most ever for a Gopher freshman quarterback.
Zebrowski spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois, prior to joining the Gophers. At NIU, he mentored Chandler Harnish to First-Team All-MAC honors.
Prior to joining the NIU staff, Zebrowski was the offensive coordinator and coached the quarterbacks at NCAA Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater for three seasons. During Zebrowski's tenure at UW-Whitewater, the Warhawks won the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship and finished as the runners-up in 2008. The Warhawks compiled a 42-3 record during Zebrowski's three seasons, including a perfect 15-0 mark in 2009. Zebrowski was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and the FootballScoop.com Division III Coordinator of the Year in 2009.
Prior to his time at UW-Whitewater, Zebrowski spent four seasons as the head coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. His Lakeland teams compiled a 28-12 mark, including a 24-4 record in the Illini-Badger Football Conference. Lakeland won the 2004 and 2005 conference championships and advanced to the Division III playoffs for the first time in school history in 2005. His Muskie teams never finished lower than second place in the league.
Zebrowski was the offensive coordinator at Millikin from 2000-03. He was a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois in 1997, before being elevated to a full-time position. He coached the tight ends, wide receivers and quarterbacks during his time at SIU.
Zebrowski began his coaching career in the high school ranks, serving as the offensive coordinator at Preble Shawnee (Ohio) High School from 1991-94 and in the same role at Berea (Ohio) High School from 1994-97.
Zebrowski earned his bachelor's degree from Mount Union, where he played in 1987 and 1988. He also holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois and is a graduate of Strongsville (Ohio) High School.
Zebrowski and his wife, Heather, who was named Female Athlete of the Year during her volleyball playing days at Southern Illinois, have two children, Zachary and Lauryn.
THE ZEBROWSKI FILE
M.S., Southern Ilinois, 2000