Introducing Our DistinXion Team
At DistinXion, we want to empower others physically and relationally. In order to make this happen, it is essential that we have an incredibly passionate and dedicated staff. Thankfully, we have been blessed with an amazing team that desires to pour its talents back into others. We’d like you to meet our team.
Luke Zeller| President
Luke, the oldest Zeller boy, grew up in Washington, IN. At Washington High School, Luke graduated valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, won the Mr. Basketball award, named to McDonald’s All-American Team, and was awarded the Trester Mental Attitude Award after hitting a half-court shot to lead the Hatchets to a state championship. Luke played college ball at the University of Notre Dame graduating with a degree in Business Mgmt./Entrepreneurship. His professional basketball career has taken him to Japan, Lithuania, California, Texas, and Arizona with the Phoenix Suns. Luke founded DistinXion in 2010 and has served as the President since. He is also a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Luke married Hope in 2010 and they have an adorable son, Kyston.
Steve Zeller | Vice President of Basketball
Steve grew up on a farm in Iowa and was the youngest of 12 children. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. He since then has worked in the meat industry for Oscar Mayer, Louis Rich, Simmons Poultry and Perdue Farms. Family: Luke was born in Iowa, Tyler in California, Cody in Minnesota and when they moved to Indiana in 1993 Lorri, his lovely wife, told Steve to get a dog and they have been there ever since. The family has been actively involved in the community ever since.
Hope Zeller | Vice President of Marketing / Director of Cheerleading
Hope began her cheerleading career in 7th grade and hasn’t stopped cheering since. After cheering at Mishawaka High School, she then joined the Bethel College cheerleading squad. Hope graduated from Bethel with a 3.9 GPA with a degree in Liberal Studies and Early Childhood Education, with concentrations in Business, Youth Ministry, and Sociology. Her work experience includes: Director of Advertising & Promotions at her high school, Customer Logistics at Bayer Healthcare, and currently DistinXion. Hope met her husband, Luke, while in college and they were married in 2010. In 2013, they welcomed the most adorable little boy, Kyston, into the world.
Lorri Zeller | Vice President of Administration
Lorri grew up on a farm in the small town of Springville, IA, where she met her husband and “high school sweetheart,” Steve. Lorri attended Coe College, where she graduated cum laude with a major in Business Administration and Physical Education. She also played on the Women’s Basketball and Softball Teams and has recently been nominated for their Hall of Fame. Ever since Steve and Lorri got married, she has been a dedicated sports mom through raising their 3 boys, Luke, Tyler, and Cody. Lorri is selfless in her service with DXN and is the glue that holds us all together!
Nathan Cobine | Director of Marketing
Nathan is from the small town of Solsberry, Indiana where he first started loving God, and the game of basketball. Solsberry instilled in him his appreciation for family, friends, and the small things in life that truly make us happy. He graduated from Eastern Greene High School in 2012 after advancing to the Elite 8 two consecutive years in basketball and helping his team to accumulate the best single season record in Eastern Greene basketball history. He decided to end his basketball career upon high school and pursue an education from Indiana University. During his years at Indiana University, he was fortunate enough to be able to remain in basketball, but as a coach, where he coached middle school student athletes throughout his college career and was able to intern and serve as a basketball coach for DistinXion in 2014. Nathan now holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and in Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation from the Kelley School of Business, is the 8th grade boys basketball coach at Eastern Greene Middle School, and works full-time as the Director of Marketing for DistinXion as of May 2016.
Abe Schwartz | Director of Basketball Services
Abe Schwartz is from the small town of English, Indiana, on a farm where he learned the importance of family. He graduated first in his class at Perry Central High School in 2013 being the only athlete to win 3 sectionals in 3 sports in the same year in Commodore history. Abe then went on to study at Indiana University, and in 2016 he received a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology with a 3.6 GPA. While at IU, Abe was a manager under Coach Tom Crean for the men’s basketball program, helping the team in 2016 become Big Ten Champs outright and a sweet 16 appearance. Abe took the position of Basketball Development Coach at DistinXion in May of 2016, as his love for God, basketball, and family made it the perfect place to start his career.
Trent Pennington | Manager of Operations
Trent grew up in Salem, IN, and is expected to graduate from Indiana University Bloomington in the spring of 2017. He is studying Law and Public Policy with a minor in Sports Marketing and Management. Trent was a three-sport athlete in high school playing baseball, basketball, and football. He was an academic all-state football player and 4-year baseball letterman. Trent has a deep passion for baseball, and organized DistinXion’s first ever baseball camp. He is an active member of the Indiana University Student Foundation, and serves on the organization’s Steering Committee. Trent enjoys making a lasting impact on the lives of young athletes through sport, as well as training DistinXion interns within the organization.
Jenna Hudson | Manager of Missions
Bio coming soon!