Jim Zebrowksi, a coaching veteran in the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference, begins his third season as quarterbacks. Zebrowksi brought 25 years of coaching experience to Buffalo, including five successful seasons at Minnesota.
Quarterbacks have flourished under the watchful eye of Zebrowski. In 2018, Tyree Jackson became the first player in school history to be named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the first quarterback in school history to be named All-MAC. He threw for 3,131 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2018 - both were second in school history for a single season.
Zebrowski made an immediate impact in his first season with the Bulls in 2017. Despite, an injury-riddled season that saw the Bulls have to start three different quarterbacks, Buffalo still led the MAC and set a school record with 3,490 passing yards on the year. Tyree Jackson threw for 2,096 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games on the season, including three 300+ yard games. Backup Drew Anderson started against Western Michigan and threw for a school- and conference-record 597 yards and seven touchdowns.
Zebrowski was the quarterbacks coach at Minnesota from 2011-15 and helped lead the Gophers to three straight bowl games. He is well known for developing young quarterbacks. Minnesota signal-caller Mitch Leidner advanced from running the scout team to accounting for 2,250 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014. Leidner had 10 rushing touchdowns, tying the school record for a quarterback.
He helped lead the Gophers to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2012, the Texas Bowl in 2013 and the Citrus Bowl in 2014. He likely would have stayed at Minnesota. However, head coach Jerry Kill stepped down for health reasons in 2015, resulting in changes to the coaching staff.
Prior to coaching at Minnesota, Zebrowksi was the quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois in 2010. He tutored All-MAC quarterback Chandler Harnish, an NFL draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts. He also laid the foundation for Harnish's backup Jordan Lynch who was an All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2013. Featuring a high-powered offense that averaged over 35 points per game, Zebrowski helped lead the Huskies to the 2010 MAC Championship game and a win over Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
This is the second time Zebrowski will serve under Leipold. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007-09. Over his tenure, the Warhawks went 42-3 and advanced to the Division III title game every year, winning it twice. Zebrowksi was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and the FootballScoop.com Division III Coordinator of the Year in 2009.
In 2004, he became the head coach at Lakeland University and led the Muskies to a 28-12 record over four seasons. He led Lakeland to a pair of Illini-Badger Conference championships and advanced to the Division III playoffs for the first time in school history.
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.