Dave Zazzaro

David Zazzaro, the 2017 SAA Coach of the Year and only head men's lacrosse coach in Rhodes College history, enters his ninth season in 2020.

In eight years as the head coach of the Lynx, Zazzaro has compiled a record of 77-53, posting winning records in each of the last five seasons. Rhodes went 16-4 during the 2019 campaign, earning the most wins in program history as well as the most wins in SAA men's lacrosse history. Ten Lynx earned All-SAA honors as Alexi Thomas was named SAA Newcomer of the Year. Rhodes recorded the best home record in program history (10-1) and went on an eight-game win streak during the season. The Lynx advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second year in a row, won their first-ever NCAA road game (IWU 22-9), earned their third consecutive SAA regular season championship and were crowned SAA Tournament Champions for the second straight year. Rhodes was ranked No. 14 in the South Region, earned their highest ever team GPA (3.21) and broke over 20 program records.

In 2018, Rhodes not only swept conference competition to win both the SAA regular and tournament titles, but the Lynx advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history where they hosted Huntingdon College in the second round before moving on the Sweet 16. Rhodes earned Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in the SAA after going 6-0 in conference. The Lynx finished the year 14-3 overall and grabbed the first All-Region nods in program history in Ryan Fennelly and Steven Yowan.

In 2017, the Lynx captured their first SAA Regular Season Conference Title with a 7-0 record while amassing a program-record 14 wins. Additionally, in 2017 the Lynx advanced to the SAA Tournament Championship game finishing as runner ups.

In 2016, the Lynx were named statistical champions for the Man-Down Defensive Percentage and Zazzaro was named SAA Coach of the Year.

A collegiate coach of 20 years, Zazzaro became Colorado College’s sixth head coach in 2002 after a highly successful coaching experience at Colby College, where his 70-52 (.574) record in nine years still ranks him as the program’s all-time winningest lacrosse coach. In eight seasons with the Tigers, he compiled a 52-44 (.542) record.

In addition to being honored as the New England Division III Coach of the Year in 1998, Zazzaro was selected to coach in the 2001 and 2009 North-South Division III All-Star Game. During his stint at Colby, the boundaries of lacrosse success were stretched.