|Hometown:||Castle Rock, Wash.|
|High School:||Castle Rock HS '09|
* Academic Honors Candidate *
2011: Listed as a starter at tight end on preseason depth chart. In four spring scrimmages, he caught three passes for 36 yards.
2010: Played in 13 games, including five as a starter. His first career start came against Central Washington (9/11/10), then he started three-straight games between Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. His fifth start came against Villanova (12/17/10) in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship Subdivision Playoffs. He caught three passes for 123 yards versus Portland State (10/30/10), including a 70-yard touchdown pass from Nick Gauthier, which ranks as the 39th-longest pass play in school history. Gehring also caught three passes versus Idaho State (11/20/10). After a 63-yard run by Taiwan Jones on his first carry of the game against North Dakota State (12/11/10) in the quarterfinals, Gehring gathered in a 1-yard TD pass from Bo Levi Mitchell.
2009: Redshirted. Was selected as the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once.
HS: Graduated from Castle Rock HS in 2009. Selected to play in the 2A/1A/2B/1B East-West All-State Game. He caught a team-high four passes for 91 yards in the West’s 31-13 victory. The son of a pair of former Eastern student-athletes, he was the MVP of the 1A Trico League as a senior. He was also the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Trico selection as a tight end. He had 125 tackles with six sacks on defense, and scored 17 touchdowns on offense with 550 receiving yards and 250 rushing. Gehring helped lead Castle Rock to a 10-2 record, including a 34-21 victory over Orting in the first round of the State 1A Playoffs. Castle Rock fell 35-12 to eventual 1A runner-up Cascade Christian in the quarterfinals. As a junior, he earned first-team All-Area honors as a wide receiver from the Longview Daily News. He had 42 receptions for 631 yards and three touchdowns in 2007 and also earned all-league honors as a sophomore receiver. He played basketball as well, and as a junior earned first-team All-Trico honors and was MVP of the Seaside Holiday Classic. He also played baseball as his Castle Rock teams appeared at the State 1A tournaments in all three sports he competed in, including four appearances in football.
Personal: Born 10/23/90 in Longview, Wash. Will turn 21 the day after Eastern plays Sacramento State. His father, Mark Gehring, was a backup tight end at Eastern (1984-85) and went on to play in the NFL with San Francisco, Minnesota, Washington and Houston (Oilers). His mother, Kristy King (formerly Cristy Cochran when she played basketball at EWU from 1983-86) was a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection (Mountain West Conference at the time) in 1986. A 6-foot-1 post player, Cochran had 706 rebounds to currently rank eighth in school history. Zack’s brother Aaron was a tight end at Washington State from 2006-10 after graduating from Castle Rock High School in 2006. Exercise science major. Name is pronounced “gare-ing.”