Parent / Player comments
I don't go to church... and I don't tell you... but you have been a gift from God for us!! I am so thankful for the lessons you have taught my kids not only about basketball but especially about life!!!
Michelle Ulveling, mom of Kate and Kole Ulveling (Panther Creek HS) - participants in skill development workouts and coached in AAU by Coach Z
“Coach Z is the best skills trainer I have ever worked with. For the past 8 years, he has motivated me through his deep love and knowledge of the game to become the best player I can be. I am sure that without Coach Z, I would not be where I am today.”
Sheana Mosch - High school All-American, graduate of Duke University, 1000 point career scorer at Duke, over 12 years as a professional basketball player in Europe, 2nd leading scorer in Euroleague in 2008-2009 (behind Diana Taurasi), Euroleague All-Star in 2009 (top women’s league in the world)
“Coach Zeillmann shows an unparalled committment to his players and their improvement is a matter of personal importance to him. When I was a high school basketball player, he would work with me at six o'clock in the morning before school and again afterward. His love for the game of basketball, work ethic, and dedication are the ideal combination for any coach of young people.”
Jamie K Spatola - daughter of Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke grad, Author of 2 great basketball books, Beyond Basketball and The Gold Standard
"I have had the opportunity to play for, and work with, many respected professional, college and high school coaches. Coach Z is undoubtedly the best teacher of the game I have every worked with. He possesses the unique ability to help kids improve their game while developing skills that make them better people."
Matt Hunt, Williams College All American, professional basketball in Europe, most recently named Teacher of the Year in Durham County Schools
“We met Coach Z about 10 years ago and our son has worked out regularly with him for the last 5 years. Coach Z's workouts are always well planned and the variety is amazing! He keeps workouts interesting and fun and the results are fantastic! Coach Z's attention to proper mechanics and technique combined with his creativity is unmatched. He is always coming up with new ways to challenge players and get the best out of them. Without a doubt any player who works out with Coach Z will improve!”
George and Tammy Dorfman - parents of Whittenberg student-athlete, Garrett Dorfman, father is former assistant basketball coach at the Division 1 level (Cornell)
“Under Coach Z's training our son has really matured as a basketball player and leader on the basketball court. I have been impressed with Coach Z’s ability to turn my son’s weakness which was his ability to shoot the basketball into what is now his primary strength.
Darryl Hymes - former college football player and father of Evan Hymes who was a 1000 point career scorer at Siena College (D1)
At the age of 12 my son starting receiving instruction from Coach Z who taught him the fundamentals of the game and what he needed to work on. For the next three years he developed Matthew and as a result, Matt had 5 Division 1 offers and had an outstanding high school career thanks to the solid foundation that Coach Z had developed in him. He is heading off to William and Mary in 2009 and will be fulfilling his dream of playing collegiate basketball. We owe a lot to Coach Z!
Steve Rum, father of Matt Rum, 4 year basketball letter winner at William and Mary and professional player in Greece.
Zeke LOVES working with you. He said the other day that he has never had such an amazing coach before. We all feel very fortunate to be able to have the boys working with you--they are all lucky kids.
Illana Saraf, mother of Noah and Zeke Tulsky, both Durham Academy alums