Jamie Zorbo was named head football coach at Kalamazoo College on Dec. 4, 2007. He is the 25th head football coach in school history and a 2000 graduate of the College.
Zorbo earned his first win as a head coach in his second career game, winning 17-14 at Rockford (Ill.) College on Sept. 13, 2008. The Hornets connected on a 20-yard field goal with two seconds left to gain the victory.
The Hornets doubled their win totals in each of Zorbo's first two years as head coach. Zorbo inherited a team that finished 1-8 the year before and led them to a 2-8 record in his first season. In 2009, Zorbo's second season, the Hornets doubled their win total and finished 4-6.
Zorbo's 2009 team had four players earn All-MIAA honors and two players selected as Academic All-Americans. Two players were also selected to compete in the D3 Football Senior Classic. As a team, the 2009 Hornets led the nation (NCAA III) in passing offense with 382.3 yards per game. The Hornets also set four school records as a team while also breaking 19 individual school records.
In 2010, Kalamazoo players earned six All-MIAA honors and Cory McCain '11 was selected to the Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars). The team ranked 25th in the country in passing offense and 43rd in total offense.
In 2013, Kalamazoo finished with an overall record of 6-4. Five Hornets earned All-MIAA honors while seniors Ryan Gregory, Lake Larioza, and Josh Wise played in a postseason bowl game.
The 2018 team went 7-3, the program's most wins since 1962.
Zorbo first came to Kalamazoo College as a student in 1996 after graduating from Battle Creek Lakeview High School. He was a four-year letter winner for the Hornets as a defensive end, earning All-MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) second team honors in 1999 with 24 tackles and three sacks. He graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Following graduation, Zorbo remained at Kalamazoo College as an assistant coach for six seasons while working on a master’s in business administration degree at Western Michigan University, which he completed in 2004. The Hornets had an overall record of 26-32 over those six seasons, including four straight .500-plus seasons from 2000-03.
Zorbo coached the defensive line from 2000-03. He was promoted to defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2004 and 2005. As defensive coordinator, Zorbo had six players named to All-MIAA first, second or coaches’ honorable mention teams, including NCAA Division III’s leading tackler and MIAA Defensive MVP in 2004 (Jeremy Vanisacker). As defensive line coach, Zorbo coached four players to All-MIAA second or coaches’ honorable mention teams.
Zorbo became an assistant coach at DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.) in 2006. He coached the linebackers for two seasons, and most recently was the assistant defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach. In two seasons, Zorbo coached five linebackers who received All-SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) second team or honorable mention honors. DePauw finished 6-4 in 2006 and 8-2 in 2007.
In addition to serving as head football coach, Zorbo was Kalamazoo's interim athletic director during the 2017-18 academic year.
Jamie resides in Portage with his wife, Allison, and son, Dominick.
Coach Zorbo's Overall Record
Overall Winning Percentage: .364