Issa ’09 Named New Lax Coach

De La Salle Collegiate welcomes Zachary “Zack” Issa (’09) as the new head lacrosse coach.

Although Issa will transition to the head coach role, he certainly is familiar with the Pilots program. He served as an offensive assistant at De La Salle Collegiate under head coach Matt Lorio (’89) in 2015. Not only did he work with varsity offensive players, but regularly worked to develop players at the JV and freshmen levels of the program as well.

In 2016, Issa led the Utica Eisenhower JV-A squad along with another De La Salle alumnus, George Saigh (’09). The Eagles went on to an undefeated Macomb Area Conference (MAC) record and a Red Division title.  From 2015-17, Issa led the Utica Hawks club organization and grew the program from 16 players on one squad to over 35 players comprising two squads.

In 2017, Issa and Saigh rejoined the staff at the Collegiate and helped Coach Lorio lead the Pilots to an outstanding 2017 campaign. Under offensive coordinator Issa, the Pilots improved in goals per game from 7.79 in 2016 to 10.90 in 2017. In addition, the team scored a total of 316 goals on the season, an outstanding 68 goal improvement over the previous season. The offensive explosion in 2017 was one of the reasons the Pilots won the program’s fourth MHSAA Regional championship before falling to Detroit Country Day in the state quarterfinal. To date, Issa has coached eight student-athletes who are currently playing at the NCAA or NAIA level.

As a student-athlete at the Collegiate, Issa was a four-year lacrosse player for the Pilots and a student Kairos leader. As a midfielder, Zack was named to the all-region team in 2009 when De La Salle earned a regional finals appearance.

Issa attended Oakland University after graduation where he was a freshman starter on the Grizzlies club lacrosse team. He later attended Central Michigan University before co-founding Baby Beast, an American-made childrenswear brand with fiancé Taylor. The Baby Beast brand is featured in over 55 stores in six countries and is a popular choice clothing choice for the children of a number of prominent celebrities. Issa has been named as one of Hour Detroit’s “Brightest Homegrown Talents” in the magazine’s “Designed by Detroit” issue in 2016.  

“I’m incredibly blessed and grateful for the opportunity to lead the De La Salle Collegiate Lacrosse Program,” Issa said. “We will continue to build the program as a great representation of De La Salle not only on the field, but in the classroom and in our community as well.”

The Pilots will begin the 2018 season on March 12. Their first contest will be March 21, 2018 vs. Hartland High School. Interview requests for Coach Issa may be submitted directly to the coach by emailing zissa@delasallehs.com or contact the De La Salle Collegiate Athletic Department.  

De La Salle Collegiate High School is an all-boys, private Catholic High School, conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The school was founded in 1926.

De La Salle is located in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb located in Macomb County. The school offers a college prep curriculum. De La Salle’s athletic teams are called the Pilots, and nearly every team is part of the Catholic High School League (CHSL), operated by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Interested students are invited to contact the Admissions Office for Application information, as well as information regarding financial aid and tuition.

For more information on this story or any other athletic-department matter, contact Mike Watson, Director of Athletics at 586.541.6229 or email mwatson@delasallehs.com.

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