Coach Zack began his time in the water at the age of 3 and has not looked back since. His parents enrolled him in swim classes and his swim career took off from there. In elementary school, Zack started swimming competitively, where it was apparent he had found his niche. In 5th grade, Zack discovered water polo, which quickly became his first and a lifelong love.
Zack's water polo adventures awarded him many accomplishments and experiences. Coach Zack has been fortunate enough to compete in water polo tournaments internationally in countries such as Hungary, England, and Canada. His international travels awarded him opportunities to play against the national teams from Hungary, Russia, England, Serbia, Germany, Canada, and South Africa.
In high school, Zack was recruited to play Division 1 water polo for Pepperdine University. During Zack's tenure at Pepperdine, the team finished in the top 8 in the nation each year he competed. In his junior campaign, Zack helped lead the Waves to a Golden Coast Conference Championship where they finished ranked 4th in the country among the likes of USC, UCLA, and Stanford.
In Zack's senior year, he suffered a career-ending injury shortly before the Conference Tournament. Although Zack's polo career was finished, he turned to bigger aspirations. In 2019, Zack started law school. Around his second year of law school and at the height of the Pandemic, Zack began to realize something within him was missing. He quickly realized he missed the camaraderie water polo had given him. He also craved the long hard training sessions he experienced while competing in collegiate water polo.
While sitting on a lifeguard tower thinking of what to do, Zack saw his old high school teammate, Chad Bykerk, come up on Instagram. Zack saw Chad had just completed a full distance Ironman. Zack reached out to Chad who introduced him to the sport of triathlon. In May, Zack joined the family that is South Bay Squad. In July, Zack borrowed his friend's bike for his first ride. This ride happened to be a ride with SBS on the Palos Verdes loop (yes, he had to be picked up by his mom at the top of the hill). While waiting for his mom Zack found a new love. He knew triathlons were for him; the burning lungs, lightheaded feeling, trembling legs, on the verge of throwing up: his four favorite feelings in one ride.
Fast forward a few months, Zack competed in the Malibu Triathlon on a relay team. Zack was second out of the water overall and his triathlon team, with South Bay Squad teammates Arev and Lizzy, placed 3rd overall. A month later, Zack completed a 50-mile Bike The Coast ride in San Diego. That same month, Zack competed in the Herbalife Triathlon. During the triathlon, Zack suffered two flat tires at mile 12 where he walked his bike 3 miles to the finish before starting the run.
Zack's eyes are now set on competing in the Santa Cruz 70.3 in September 2022 after taking the Bar Exam.
If you attend South Bay Squad's Monday night pool sessions, don't be late, because if you are, Zack will dish out quite the punishment set.