Zach Settembre was named head coach on March 26, 2019, continuing a fast rise up the coaching ranks for the Louisville, Ky., native. He joined the Eagles' staff as an assistant coach in March 2018.
The 28-year old Settembre, a 2009 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Louisville, attended Syracuse University, where he was a student assistant under hall of fame coach Jim Boeheim from 2009-12. Settembre needed only three years to graduate from Syracuse (in 2012) and did so Magna Cum Laude with a degree in public relations (and a minor in religion).
Settembre returned to his hometown and began his climb up the coaching ladder with a pair of one-year stints at the high school level, first as freshman head coach at Iroquois High School Magnet Academy (2012-13), then at Ballard High School (2013-14), where he served in the same capacity.
Following his season at Ballard, Settembre got his first taste of collegiate coaching, joining legendary coach Happy Osborne's staff at Kentucky Wesleyan College. There, Settembre had an active role in recruiting and administering summer camps.
Following his stint at Kentucky Wesleyan, Settembre operated a private financial planning practice with Northwestern Mutual for three years in Louisville, Ky. While in the private sector, Settembre spent two seasons as a high school assistant - one at Ballard and one at Louisville Collegiate School before Louisville Collegiate named Settembre varsity boys head coach in March 2017, and he delivered a record-breaking season. Collegiate won a school-record 23 games in 2017-18, made its second ever trip to the All "A" state tournament, and Settembre was named both KABC (Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches) and Courier Journal Seventh Region Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Settembre also fostered the development of Collegiate’s first ever Courier Journal 1st Team All 7th Region student-athlete, Chesimon Moore.