The winningest women's basketball coach in Norwich University history, Mark Zacher enters his 11th season at the helm of the program in 2019-20. Across a ten-year career in Northfield, Zacher has piloted the Cadets to a 142-122 record, earning 65 victories against Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponents.
To date, Zacher has developed 12 GNAC All-Conference selections, including four-time All-GNAC selection Aliah Curry '15. Additionally, Zacher has mentored 33 GNAC Academic All-Conference honorees since the 2009-10 season.
In 2017-18, the Zacher and the Cadets reached the GNAC playoffs for the fifth straight season before falling in the quarterfinal round. Senior Shyann Josler earned Second Team honors after her senior season saw her become the 18th member of the women's basketball 1,000 career point club on February 6th against Anna Maria and collect three double-doubles including a 20 point, 10 rebound performance in her final career game in the GNAC Quarterfinals. Josler started every Norwich contest for the third year in a row while averaging 14.8 points, 3.9 assists, and 5.3 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per contest.
In 2016-17, Zacher directed the team to a 16-win campaign that was highlighted by a 67-53 victory over Suffolk in the GNAC Quarterfinals. Senior Heather LeBlanc '17 became the squad's first student-athlete to earn First Team designation since the 2014-15 season, capping off a stellar career with 484 points on the year. She also became only the third student-athlete in team history to record at least 1,000 career points and rebounds.
The 2015-16 squad qualified for the postseason once again, beginning the year by claiming the Battle of the Castle Tip-Off Tournament Championship. With a 66-60 victory over Me.-Fort Kent on Dec. 12, 2015, Zacher secured his 100th career victory as a head coach. At season's end, LeBlanc was selected to the GNAC All-Conference team after leading the league in field goal percentage (.482) and finishing second in rebounds per game (10.5).
Zacher led the 2014-15 team to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament for the fifth time in his career at Norwich. Curry, a First Team All-Conference selection, would become the all-time GNAC career points leader with 2,267 points, the most ever by a men's or women's basketball player at Norwich. The team would advance to the GNAC semifinal game and the 2015 ECAC Division III New England Women's Basketball Tournament.
During the 2013-14 season, Zacher led the team to the GNAC championship game, following two-straight upsets against the tournament's No. 1 seed, Emmanuel (MA), and the fifth-seeded Wildcats from Johnson & Wales (RI). The Cadets, who ultimately succumbed to Saint Joseph's (ME) in the final, became the first eighth-seed in GNAC history to advance to the championship game.
The Cadets' championship run marked the second time the team has advanced to the championship under Zacher's leadership. In his first season, the team achieved an overall 20-8 record and a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) mark of 10-2. They advanced to the GNAC championship game and the 2010 ECAC Division III New England Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Zacher has coached a number of successful student-athletes during his time at Norwich, including the 2009-10 GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, Ally Daniels '10, and the 2010-11 GNAC Player of the Year, Christine Daniels '11. Other award-winning players include GNAC All-Conference First Teamers Karissa Doyon '11 (2010-11), LeBlanc and Curry, who was a two-time selection. Zacher also coached Kristin Brown '14, who was named a CoSIDA Academic All-Region selection as a junior.
Prior to coming to Norwich, Zacher spent 11 seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at the NCAA Division I level. During that time, Zacher coached two Conference Players of the Year, three Conference Defensive Players of the Year, 15 All-Conference selections, seven All-Rookie Team players, one Conference Rookie of the Year, 11 1,000-point scorers and one Olympian, Dita Krumberga of the 2008 Latvian women's basketball team.
He was the associate head coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. for the 2008-09 season and aided the program to double their total wins and conference wins over the previous season's record.
Zacher also spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. At “The Mount,” during his tenure, the program achieved a 109-79 record in Northeast Conference play, winning two NEC regular season titles and qualifying for ten-straight NEC tournaments.
Zacher is a 1980 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been involved in coaching basketball since 1989. He has experience as both an assistant and a head coach in three different Pennsylvania high schools. In addition, he was the executive director and coach of a very successful AAU program.
Zacher is a seasoned veteran with excellent experience in scouting, preparing workouts, and recruiting. He has also written well-received coaching articles that have appeared in numerous basketball journals.