60-Second Interview: Zach Maizel '04, Athletic Director


When I was growing up, I wanted to be:

An Air Force Pilot.

I got into education because:

Wrestling and coaching is a passion.

A few words or phrases that describe my approach to teaching/ working with teenagers:

Fair but firm.

I am constantly surprised by:

The resilience of Marvelwood Students.

Describe a student who's done well at Marvelwood:

I had a wrestler who went from 89 pounds, not winning any matches, to a 113 pound All New England wrestler, who upset so many ranked wrestlers in the final 30 seconds. He has an incredible heart!

A favorite project I've done with students:

Yard clean up of an elderly couple for community service

If I could take a trip anywhere with students, it would be to:

Washington, D.C.

What I appreciate about Marvelwood students:

Deep caring for one another.

The funniest/ most interesting/ most memorable thing a student said:

When discussing choosing a name when coming to the USA, a Korean student told me that he could have picked any name. When I exclaimed “Any name?!” He responded with “Yes, I could have been Jesus!”

Three things I want my students to take away:

Resiliency, strong work ethic, and empathy.

When I'm not teaching, I like to:

Hang with my dog, Abbey.


Zach is the Athletic Director and an associate in the Advancement Department.  A proud alum, he works with class agents to keep our alumni community updated and engaged.  Zach has coached many sports, including lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball, but his heart belongs to wrestling.  As a student, he was a captain on Peter Klomp's final team, who had founded the wrestling program at Marvelwood in the late 1990s and retired in 2004.  Zach has competed at the Nutmeg State Games numerous times, wrestling in the open division for college and adult wrestlers.  Zach lives in Lake Dorm with his dog, Abbey. He enjoys working with his sister, Liza.