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Meet the ZogSports team! Here's where you can learn about our full-time staff (yes, we have a full-time staff!). We take our jobs and our fun very seriously and we hope to get to know you at the fields, gyms and happy hours.Click our names to the left to learn a little about us. We'll quiz you at the fields.
Mike began his ZogSports career on “At Least We Can Drink”, a dodgeball team that defined the opposite of undefeated. This Port Jefferson native soon learned his real calling is as a wiffle ball pitcher, a career that began as the #1 starter on “Hit Or Get Off The Pot”. His world famous changeup is affectionately known as the “Mortball”, a knee buckling changeup that makes even the best Zog wiffleballer wish they had not gotten up that morning. He even taught Stephen Strasburg his changeup based on the mechanics of the Mortball. While he’s dabbled in softball and bowling, he’s better known for post frame dancing and chest bumps than strikes on the 2 time defending non-champion “Unholy Rollers”. He’s also an avid Jets fan, golfer and skier. This Cornell University grad holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is especially prone to mosquito bites. Mike is recently married and he and his wife Nicole are obsessed with lions, leopards, and cheetahs after their honeymoon in South Aftrica. He shares the same birthday as his sister and has ordered more food via seamless web than any other human and can clap vigorously with one hand. He’s also one of the best mini-ping pong players in the world, and if you disagree he just may throw a Mortball your way.
Robert "Zog" Herzog is the man behind the curtain. He founded ZogSports after having a close call on 9/11. After arriving late for work, he witnessed his office, which was located on the 96th floor of World Trade Center Tower #1, being directly hit by the first plane. Rob decided to build on the tremendous human charity he witnessed following 9/11 and to help foster community in New York by creating ZogSports, which encourages New Yorkers to maintain perspective and a more balanced lifestyle by having fun while also giving something back to the community. Click here to read the letter that Rob wrote to all of our customers on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Robert holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Brown University.When he's not priming ZogSports to take over the world, Rob enjoys hanging with his wife Laurin and their two little Zogs, Spencer and Jackson. In fact, Rob says his lifetime sports highlight was meeting Laurin even while getting mercy-ruled in a citywide softball tournament (she played 2nd base and he was at short) then shooting an 84 on a very tough golf course and finally coincidentally seeing Laurin again at a party that night. Rob dropped the line: "Oooh, you clean up nice!" on her and the rest is history. In his spare time from organizing this massive operation, Rob can be found making cameos at the fields and gyms, getting down at ZogSports parties, and boogying to 80s tunes in his office.
Andy Koleba comes to the league with a resume of drinking game titles that rival that of even the most seasoned Zog vet. Koleba holds 12 titles in the grueling game of Beer Pong, and is a four-time finisher of the Boston Beer Marathon and one-time finisher of the NY Beer Marathon (26 bars in 12 hours). In fact, Koleba saw fit to mentor others with his immense knowledge and skill in the beer arts, organizing the Boston Beerlympics in 2006 and 2007. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that the Oakland, NJ native opted to leave his finance job in mutual funds to join his kin at Zog. It should be mentioned Koleba is also adept in the physical sports field, winning eight intramural championships at Boston University (from which he graduated in 2005) in soccer, volleyball, floor hockey, and the rough-and-tumble game of broomball. In his first few months at ZogSports, Koleba joined a dodgeball team and an indoor soccer team, donning K-Mart-brand silk pj-pants for every game in the former. When he’s not running Zog’s soccer, floor hockey and kickball leagues, you can find Koleba sneaking fast food into the Zog office and rooting for his fave New York teams (Yankees, Rangers, Giants). And if any Boston fans have something to say about that, well, they can settle it at the beer pong table.
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