Dec. 11, 2006
Pocatello, ID --- Idaho State University Director of Athletics Paul A. Bubb has announced that John Zamberlin, the head coach of Central Washington University, will be the fifth head football coaching candidate to visit Pocatello and Idaho State University, as Zamberlin will be on hand during the day on Tuesday for a formal interview. He is the fifth candidate to be brought to campus to meet with various groups, committees, and constituents, following Bowling Green's Mick McCall, Utah's Gary Andersen, Maine's Bobby Wilder, and Michigan State's Mike Cox.
Zamberlin has served as the head coach of the Central Washington University Wildcats since 1997, with unprecedented success, including a couple of wins over Big Sky Conference schools. Most recently, the Wildcats went 6-5 in 2006, including a 21-14 win over Big Sky member Eastern Washington, outscoring the Eagles 15-0 in the second half in Cheney.
The list of accomplishments is long for Zamberlin, as he has a career coaching record of 62-39, including a 38-16 mark over the past five years. Central Washington won back-to-back Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles, and Zamberlin won GNAC Coach of the Year honors both of those years. In 2003, the Wildcats were preseason ranked #1, and that came on the heels of an incredible 2002 season.
In 2002, Central Washington ended the season ranked #5, going 11-0 in the regular season, including a 31-16 win over Big Sky co-champion Montana State, on their way to the NCAA Division II playoffs. CWU led the league in total defense, rushing defense, passing defense, scoring defense, total offense, rushing offense, passing offense, and scoring offense. The Wildcats also got it done in the class room, as in 2002 his team had the highest grade point average in the GNAC as well.
Zamberlin has also served in the Division I and Big Sky ranks, spending the 1995 and 1996 seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Richmond, helping the Spiders rank 12th or better in total defense nationally both seasons. Prior to Richmond, John served as the linebackers coach at Eastern Washington. Zamberlin got his collegiate coaching start at the University of Massachusetts as a linebackers coach from 1987-1990.
In his collegiate coaching career, Zamberlin has seven conference titles (four as a head coach), and he has been a part of three trips to the Division I Football Championship Series (formerly I-AA) and four trips to the Division II playoffs. He also has won five coach of the year awards, including the 2002 Western Region Division II Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Hall of Fame in 1996, and his jersey was retired in 1985 after a stellar career as an All-America selection in 1978.
Zamberlin played linebacker in the NFL for six seasons, playing 78 total games with the New England Patriots (1979-1982) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1983-1984). He was a fifth round draft choice of New England out of Pacific Lutheran University, where he earned a degree in 1979 in physical education.