About Zenon 2017-09-06T23:54:59+00:00

Director of Athletic Development

Zenon Babraj, Director of Athletic Development, ZB Athletic Development
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With nearly forty years of experience coaching many different sports at the club-, collegiate-, and national-team levels, Zenon Babraj, the Director of Athletic Development at ZB Athletic Development, has proven time and again that his unique style and broad expertise make for a winning combination.

Having personally coached a total of nearly 80 National Team athletes, Olympic athletes, and professional athletes from 19 countries in five different sports, and national teams from the United States, Poland and the Philippines, Zenon has accrued a wealth of knowledge and understanding about exactly what it takes to make it to the highest level of competition.

Zenon has also spent a great deal of time coaching collegiate athletics for both men and women at top-level universities, including Brown, UCLA, USC, and Hobart College. He has been named Regional and Conference Coach of the Year numerous times, has led his teams to Conference and National Championships, and has produced countless All-Americans, All-Conference selections, and National Scholar Athletes.

Zenon is well-published, having contributed to publications both in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from developing motor skills to the biomechanics of movement. As a certified instructor in 14 different Olympic sports, he has brought the depth and breadth of his expertise to writing sports-specific articles at the request of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission.

A native of Warsaw, Poland, Zenon holds a general degree in engineering from the Engineering College in Warsaw and a master’s degree with honors in physical education from the Academy of Physical Education, where he spent five years studying all aspects of sports science, including biomechanics and physiology, theory and methodology of sport, sports medicine and rehab, sports psychology, theory of teaching, and sports management and organization.

Zenon himself is an accomplished athlete. For ten years he was a member of the Polish National Rowing Team, for which he competed internationally and helped secure a sixth-place finish in the pair at the 1972 World Championships. He is also a two-time World Masters Champion in Rowing and two-time U.S. Masters Champion in Cross Country Skiing. In 1973 he received the City of Warsaw Award for Saving Human Life, and in 1979 he graduated from Officer’s School in the Polish Army Special Unit as Top Cadet.