Coach Charlie Zeilman was named the 2nd Athletic Director in program history in May of 2013 adding to his title after he became Head Softball Coach at LSUA in November of 2012. Since taking over as Athletic Director, Zeilman led the effort to hire Head Baseball Coach Brent Porche who guided the Generals to the most wins in school history. Zeilman also orchestrated the addition of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s tennis to the LSUA campus, and was instrumental in developing the construction plan for the athletic facilities of each of these sports. He will also be in charge of leading the hiring processes of all 5 head coaches for the new sports which will begin in August of 2013. Since his arrival, Zeilman has seen the athlete G.P.A. increase to a school record 2.75 in 2013 and has set a 3.0 future academic goal for all athletes.
Zeilman continued in 2013 to build on the tradition of success he set in 2012 as he led the Lady Generals through the toughest schedule in school history. The Lady Generals posted 23 wins including 7 NCAA wins and 6 NAIA top 25 wins. The Lady Generals came in 2nd place in the A.I.I. conference tournament which gave them a birth in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament for the first time in school history for any sport. The Lady Generals also picked up their first ever national tournament victory by beating William Woods by a score of 2-1.
Coach Zeilman is very active in the community and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the YMCA. He also has the athletic programs actively engaged in community affairs wherein the players have participated in the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive, Toys for Tots, Hope House Lobster Dinner, and Blood Drives.
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.
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.
Zeilman played football at the University of Texas at El Paso as a wide receiver from 1987-1988. He then transferred 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.