Charlie Zeilman Head Coach
Coach Charlie Zeilman (Coach Z) was named the Head Softball Coach at Louisiana State University Alexandria (LSUA) in 2012. In his first year in charge of the softball program, Coach Z’s team set many school records including the program’s first winning season; tripled the number of wins over the previous season with 24 victories; placed 3rd out of 18 teams in the Association of Independent Institutions conference; set new records for the single season highest batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, singles, doubles, and triples; allowed the fewest runs scored by opposing teams; and qualified for the Association of Independent Institutions tournament in Columbus, Georgia. LSUA is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Coach Z was also named Athletic Director at LSUA in 2012. In his role as Athletic Director, Coach Z has been instrumental in upgrading the softball and baseball facilities at LSUA.
Prior to his coming to LSUA, Coach Z served two years as the pitching coach at Americas High School in El Paso, Texas. While at Americas, the Lady Trailblazers compiled an overall record of 69-9, winning back-to-back 1-5A district championships and a Texas Regional Quarter-Final Championship in 2011. His pitchers won the El Paso Times player of the year award in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to Americas, he was the owner and director of Coach Z’s Baseball/Softball Academy in El Paso, Texas, from 2006-2008.
Earlier in his career, Coach Z was hired as an assistant baseball coach at Bel Air High School in 1998. After a one year stint as head baseball coach in 1999 at Gadsden High School (Anthony, New Mexico), Coach Z returned to Bel Air where he served for 8 years. Coach Z was a part of three bi-district championships and led his team to the school’s last Texas state playoff appearance in 2005.
Coach Z graduated from Colonie Central High School, located in Albany, New York. While at Colonie Central, Coach Z lettered in football, basketball, baseball and indoor track. He earned All-State honors in football and was selected to the Albany Times Union and Schenectady Gazette All-City teams. He was a wide receiver on the University of Texas at El Paso football team in 1987-1988. He attended and played baseball at College of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico from 1993-1996.
Coach Z received his B.S. in secondary education from the University of the Southwest in 1997.