- Commerce and Communication
In the classroom, Greg Zebrack maintains a high standard, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League with a B.A. in Commerce and Communication. He finished with a 3.4 GPA in the academically rigorous school. He earned Academic All-Ivy League honors, as well as being an Academic All-Big 5 selection in 2012. At USC he is working on his Master’s in Business Administration, a program dominated by older, working professionals. Zebrack has had to work hard to gain the respect of his fellow classmates as a 22 year old entering the program right out of his undergraduate coursework. Zebrack was not intimidated, as he has proven himself and risen to the challenge of fitting in with his older, more experienced classmates. He has succeeded in juggling rigorous graduate school work with collegiate baseball as he boasts a 3.4 GPA.
Zebrack is a definite leader in the USC clubhouse. The redshirt senior brings valuable experience to the team, as he can relate to the younger Trojans as he was in their shoes as a freshman in 2009 at USC. He learned a great deal through his experience of transferring to UPenn, where he had to wait patiently and observe as he sat out a season. He brings his knowledge of how to succeed on the field with the utmost character from his days as a two-time All-Ivy League outfielder. Zebrack is quick to bring the team together, is reliable and steps up to help the coaches when needed. He has the very valuable quality of patience, which he learned while having to sit out his redshirt season at UPenn after transferring. It was difficult to not be able to go out and help his team win, but he learned a great deal from the situation and was able to rise to the occasion when his name was called the following season. He has garnered the respect of the 2013 Trojan team both on and off the diamond.
The USC baseball program stresses the importance of community service and giving back, and Zebrack is always in the forefront of any activity the team may participate in. At USC, he has volunteered at underprivileged schools surrounding the USC community, visited veterans at the Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital (even with a special trip on Christmas), passed out necessary everyday items such as socks and clothes to those less fortunate on LA’s Skid Row, helped to clean apartment buildings and took out residents’ trash in poverty-filled East Los Angeles through the LA Dream Center. Along with his teammates, Zebrack also engaged special needs children in games and different sports through the Best Buddies Program. On the diamond, he has also acted as a camp counselor, teaching young children the game of baseball.
At UPenn, Zebrack also was involved with the community, making routine visits to Children’s Hospital of UPenn to interact with the children, play games with them and try to brighten their day. This is something near to Greg’s heart, and he hopes to get involved with a children’s hospital here in LA.
At UPenn, Zebrack grew into a two-time All-Ivy League outfielder. He was a very reliable and potent part of the UPenn lineup, having started in 78 of 80 games during his tenure as a Quaker. Last season as a redshirt junior he batted .343 and led the team in on-base percentage (.448), slugging percentage (.657), RBI (28), runs (34), stolen bases (10), doubles (18) and home runs (7). He hit safely in 16 of 20 Ivy League games as a redshirt junior. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, Zebrack was second on the team with a .336 average, while leading Penn in slugging (.596), on-base percentage (.449), runs (35), home runs (7), total bases (87) and hit-by-pitch (11). He aso had 49 hits, 11 doubles, three triples and 27 RBI. Zerbrack has been one hit short of the single twice in his career, the first coming in 2011 when he was a triple shy and the second in 2012 when he was a hit shy. He earned two Ivy League Player of the Week and two Big 5 Player of the Week honors during his two seasons at UPenn.