Zelmanski (’74) Named Skipper of the Pilots’ Baseball Program

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De La Salle Collegiate announced today the addition of Dave Zelmanski, DLS Class of 1974, as head baseball coach of the Pilots.

A native of Detroit, Zelmanski was a four-year starter for the Pilots. An outstanding hitter for average and power, Zelmanski earned all-Catholic League Central honors as a junior and later earned All-Catholic League Central honors, All-Catholic League and All-State in 1974 as a senior. He ended his career at De La Salle winning a total of six letters in baseball and basketball.  He was inducted to the DLS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

Zelmanski continued to make his mark on the diamond at Wayne State University as a member of the Tartars baseball squad where he was also a four-year starter for head coach Christ Petrouleas. During his career with Wayne State from 1975-1978, Zelmanski set three single-season and eight career batting records. At his time of induction to the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Zelmanski still held records for most single-season and career triples. His nine triples in 1978 led the country. Zelmanski remains 12th on the WSU career batting list. After his junior and senior seasons, Zelmanski earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) first-team honors. As a senior, he earned NCAA All-District IV All-American Second Team Accolades.

Combining a rare mix of speed and power, Zelmanski’s career in baseball extended past the intercollegiate level. After earning a degree in education in 1979 from Wayne State, he had tryouts with the California Angels and Cincinnati Reds before enjoying a 10-year career with Troy Jet Box, a Class A amateur baseball club managed by legendary skipper, Jim Corte. Zelmanski was inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.  Ever an athlete, Dave even played competitive flag football for 13 years and was inducted as a charter member of the United States Flag and Touch Football Hall of Fame.

Zelmanski’s coaching career extends to 1979 when he became a graduate assistant baseball coach at Wayne State before coaching football at Grosse Pointe North and was the varsity baseball coach at St. Clement High School in the early 1980’s. Dave has also coached competitive fast-pitch softball and basketball at the CYO level. A 29-year veteran MHSAA basketball official, Zelmanski has also served as a MHSAA football finals administrator.

Community involvement has always been important to Zelmanski as well. He is a former president of the Eisenhower Athletic Booster Club and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Excellence. He has been a chairperson for Fiesta Hispana at the Detroit MGM Grand (2013) and Emcee of the Ric Gonzalez Memorial Fundraiser.

“De La Salle is a very special place and it takes exceptional student-athletes to compete in the Central Division,” Zelmanski said. “I am truly honored and excited, yet humbled to have this opportunity at the greatest all-boys’ school on the planet!”

“Dave Zelmanski represents a connection between De La Salle Collegiate’s past and its present,” Director of Athletics Mike Watson said. “Dave’s charisma, excitement for De La Salle and his willingness to maintain our baseball program as one of the best in Michigan will be on display for all to see.”

Zelmanski resides in Shelby Township with his wife Linda. They have three adult daughters.

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.

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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