Assistant Athletic Director
Lawrence North Assistant Athletic Director
E-mail Jim Zeller
Jim Zeller was named the Assistant Athletic Director at Lawrence North in 2003. Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Zeller participated in football, basketball, swimming, and baseball (captain) at Bloomington South High School. He played collegiate football (three letters) and baseball (four letters) at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was also named six times to Wheaton’s Academic Dean’s list. After earning his undergraduate degree from Wheaton, Zeller attended Indiana University where he earned his Masters Degree in Administrative Physical Education.
Zeller completed his 30th year as a Marion County Athletic Director at the end of the 2015-16 school year. He previously held the position of Athletic Director at Decatur Central High School from 1997 to 2003. Prior to that, he was the Athletic Director at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard High School from 1986-1997. While at Chatard he also served as the Head Baseball coach. Jim started his teaching career at Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton, Maryland from 1982-1985 and coached baseball and basketball.
Zeller has had the privilege of experiencing seven of the school’s thirteen IHSAA State Championships during his time at Lawrence North, and in 2006, Lawrence North became Indiana’s first National Champion in Boys Basketball. With his background in baseball, Zeller was instrumental in the planning and coordinating the renovations of the baseball facility which included completely relaying the outfield, new backstop, fencing, irrigation system, and bleachers. Zeller was also closely involved with the fourteen-million dollar natatorium addition and the installation of the football’s field turf. During his tenure, Lawrence North has also realized the first minority head coaching hires and they currently boast what may be the nation’s only female head strength coach.
Zeller has served the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a presenter and Junior Representative for his district. He has also been recognized by the Indiana Football Coaches Association and Bishop Chatard High School for character and leadership. He was also co-recipient of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association “Administrator of the Year” with Lawrence North Athletic Director, Grant Nesbit, in 2012.
Jim and his wife, Wendie, have three children: Justin, a football and All-American baseball player who graduated from Wheaton College (2012), Julia, also a graduate of Wheaton College (2015), and Jacob, a student and baseball player at Wheaton College (2017). Wendie is self-employed as a personal trainer. In his spare time, Jim enjoys following his kids in sports, jogging, and home improvement projects.