Team Staff Profile - Zach Jackson
(old M3 Not Registering) Florida Institute of Technology
Bio: I owned my first pair of skates when I was 2 years old and started skating when I was about 4 years old. My entire family plays hockey from my Grandfather, to my father in his day, to my brother and uncle, as well as, many of my cousins. I played for the Bowie Bruins Ice Hockey club growing up and then moved on to the Tri-City Eagles AA teams when I turned Pee-wee. There I played up until I was a freshman in high school. I volunteered every year with my team doing local charity work and also teaching mentally disabled and physically handicapped kids how to skate. I also attended a week long camp in Sweden with my team where we developed skills and competed against local teams. I have played on two different Maryland State Region Select teams, which consisted of tournaments in Florida, as well as, the Boston Showcase. At the start of my sophomore year of High school my father was diagnosed with ALS where I had to stay home more often on weekends and during school to help take care of him. I could not play travel hockey during this time, but continued to play for my high school (Southern Senior High) where I earned the 2008 Hobey Baker Award for Character in the Maryland State Hockey League. Once things became out of our control and Hospice started to help with my father, I again played travel hockey for the Northern Virginia Ice Dogs Midget U-18 AA team my senior year of high school. There we won the Regional Silver Sticks tournament and played in Port Heron against some of the top teams in Canada and Michigan. Once graduated, I attended James Madison University where I have now graduated with a 3.08 GPA and played on the Club Ice Hockey team there for 3 years. It was a brand new program that began the year before my freshman year and for the past 3 years that I have been on the team until I graduated, we have made consecutive playoff appearances. During the winter breaks and random times throughout my college years, I would go up to New York City to assist my Uncle with his Ice Hockey program that he started up in Harlem called the Riverbank Rangers. He has developed the teams from scratch ranging from Mite to Midget’s. I now play in Adult Leagues around my hometown, but have been itching for the opportunity to coach or play hockey at a higher level.