Volunteer Assistant Coach
Kevin Zakrzewski joined Northwestern as a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 season from Evanston where he most recently worked as Senior Coach for NASA Wildcat Aquatics.
Prior to coaching with NASA, Zakrzewski spent 4 years as the Assistant Head of the CATS Aquatic Team where he had the opportunity to coach many Age Group State, Senior State, Sectionals, Junior National, and Olympic Trials qualifiers. During that time Zakrzewski also spent four seasons as the Libertyville High School Head Boys Swimming & Diving Coach and also was the Head Boys Water Polo Coach for two seasons. Before he was at CATS/LHS he spent 16 months at Patriot Aquatic Club and two seasons as the Assistant Coach for the Stevenson High School Boys Water Polo team. At PAC he worked with the developmental 12 and unders and helped out with the Senior groups.
As a swimmer Zakrzewski spent one year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before the program was cut. From there he transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. While attending UW-Madison, Zakrzweski was a three-time All American and was the Breaststroke leg of the 200 Medley Relay which placed 4th at the 2004 NCAA Championships. After a brief retirement he started swimming again in 2006 and from there was able to qualify and swim at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke.
Zakrzewski is a Level 3 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) certified instructor and earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Coaches' Education Certification in September of 2009.
Zakrzewski also works as President of the Christopher Steele Foundation. This foundation was started in honor of his best friend Chris Steele whole died of cancer in April of 2006. Since that time they've been able to raise over $100,000 from events like Golf Outings, 5k Runs, and Bowl-a-Thons. The majority of the money gets donated to the Northwestern Memorial Foundation to be placed towards Sarcoma Research.