Jim Zebrowski is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Minnesota. He coaches the quarterbacks.
Zebrowski has overseen the maturation of Minnesota's Mitch Leidner, as the redshirt junior quarterback has gone from running the scout team to starting for his homestate school. Leidner passed for 1,798 yards and 11 touchdowns, and added 452 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns (tied for first in school quarterback history) on the ground. The Gophers' signal-caller threw four touchdown passes against Iowa, and threw for a career-high 258 yards against Missouri. In the Citrus Bowl he also tied a Minnesota record (Adam Weber at Bowling Green on Sept. 6, 2008) with 14 consecutive completions.
Leidner started four games in 2013, played in 10 and emerged as the Gophers top signal-caller in the Texas Bowl. He rushed for 407 yards and seven touchdowns, while also passing for 619 yards and three scores.
Zebrowski and the Gophers started three different quarterbacks in 2012 and Minnesota still passed for 19 touchdowns after throwing for only 10 in 2011.
Prior to joining the Gophers, Zebrowski spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois. At NIU, he mentored Chandler Harnish to First-Team All-MAC honors and coached Jordan Lynch, who finished third in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting.
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 runner-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
Coaching Experience 2011: Minnesota - Quarterbacks 2010: Northern Illinois - Quarterbacks 2007-09: Wisconsin-Whitewater - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers 2003-06: Lakeland College - Head Coach 2000-03: Millikin - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1998-00: Southern Illinois - Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Tight Ends 1997: Southern Illinois - Graduate Assisstant 1994-97: Berea (Ohio) High School - Offensive Coordinator/Defensive Ends 1991-94: Preble Shawnee (Ohio) High School - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Outside Linebackers
Playing Experience 1987-88 Mount Union (Quarterback)