The House of Sports Lacrosse Academy is led by a world class coaching staff that consists of some of the best instructors in the nation. The staff is comprised of professionals who know what it takes to be successful on and off the field. See below for more information on our coaching staff.
Brian M. Zusi, Director
Brian has over 15 years of coaching experience at the Youth, Club, High School and Collegiate levels. Prior to arriving at the House of Sports, Brian was Head Coach at Rosemont College for 7 years and was the team's inaugural head coach; building the program from the ground up when it premiered in 2012. During his tenure, Rosemont placed 12 players on the Colonial States Athletic Conference All-Conference Team, 21 on the CSAC Academic All-Conference team, 1 NCAA Statistical National Champion, Nationally Ranked Face-Off Specialist and top 25 Man-Down Unit. In 2015 the team was awarded the CSAC 3D Award for Sportsmanship.
In addition to his coaching duties at Rosemont, Brian served as a Site Representative for the NCAA Championship Committee as well as a conference representative for the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee. He also served on the USILA National Ranking and All-American Committees, the IMLCA Regional All-America, DIII Advisory and Event Accreditation Committees. He is a US Lacrosse Level 2 Certified Coach and has been a speaker at the US Lacrosse Convention.
Prior to Rosemont, he spent six years at Millburn High School in Millburn, NJ; first as Defensive Coordinator then later as Head Coach. While at Millburn, Brian helped to develop three Academic All-Americans, nine All-State Players and dozens of All-Conference players. In addition, his squad has maintained a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate during his tenure and earned a playoff berth all but one season . Several players went on to compete in the NCAA including one appearance in the NCAA National Championship.
Brian is a graduate of Hofstra University in New York. While there, he helped start the Hofstra Lacrosse Club. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Video and Television Production and minored in Creative Writing. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Walden University as well as a Master of Science in Leadership from Rosemont College where he was additionally honored with Outstanding Academic Achievement at the Graduate Level.
Brian and his wife, Nicole reside in South Salem, N.Y. with their daughter, Alessandra.
John Jez, Head Coach 2019 Team
John Jez has is currently in his tenth season as head coach at LIU - Post. Jez’s coaching record includes: over 100 victories, two national titles, six NCAA championship appearances and six conference championships. On his watch, sixty-six players have earned East Coast Conference year-end honors, including two Rookies of the Year and two Players of the Year, one ECAC Player of the Year, 49 All-America distinctions, including 12 First Team, 20 Second Team, three Third Team and 14 Honorable Mention selections.
Under his tutelage, Mike Messina, Greg Cerar and Michael Cama were honored as top players in their respective positions by the USILA. Messina was named the 2011 Outstanding Player of the Year as well as the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award for Most Outstanding Midfielder. In 2009, Cerar was honored as the Lt. Col. J Turnbull Award winner for Outstanding Attackman of the Year and received the Lt. Raymond Jenners award for National Player of the Year. Cama was honored as both the 2010 and 2009 Specialty Player of the Year. In 2011, three players were named to the top national awards. Mike Messina, Greg Cerar and Michael Cama were honored as top players in their respective positions by the USILA. Messina was named the 2011 Outstanding Player of the Year as well as the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award for Most Outstanding Midfielder. In 2009, Cerar was honored as the Lt. Col. J Turnbull Award winner for Outstanding Attackman of the Year and received the Lt. Raymond Jenners award for National Player of the Year. Cama was honored as both the 2010 and 2009 Specialty Player of the Year
Prior to his appointment as head coach at Pace, Jez served as an assistant for six years at the Pleasantville campus and he had a one-year stint at Division I Sacred Heart University.
Jez has served as the Chairman of the NCAA Division II Lacrosse Championships Committee and is the central region advisor on the USILA All-America Committee. He also serves as a representative for the weekly USILA Division II national poll and is a Division II representative on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee.
Jez is currently the general manager for the 2016 U.S. Under 19 Men's National Lacrosse team. He was also an assistant general manager for the 2010 US Men’s National Lacrosse team and was on the support staff for the 2008 and 2012 US Under-19 National Lacrosse team and the 2006 US National team. During the summer of 2012, Jez came on board as an assistant coach for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
A native of Ossining, NY, Jez earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine-Exercise Science in 1994 from Pfeiffer University. He was a four-year letterwinner at the North Carolina school, helping lead the team to national Top-10 ranking his junior and senior seasons. A two-time All-American midfielder in 1993 and 1994, Jez was selected as an alternate for the North-South Senior All-Star game in 1994 and was named Pfeiffer University’s lacrosse MVP that same year. He completed his master’s degree in Criminal Justice at LIU Post in May 2010.
In 2012, Jez was inducted in to the Pfeiffer Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jez and his wife, Christine, currently reside in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. with their daughters, Olivia (17), Dakota (10) and Jalyn (8).