In her 12 years coaching college field hockey, Carly Zinn laid the groundwork and formulated a philosophy within every team she played on.
For the past six years, Zinn has held the reins of Dickinson College’s field hockey program and served as assistant athletic director for the Red Devils. She is now ready for her next chapter – and for the opportunity to make an impact on another program.
Monday night, with a unanimous 9-0 vote, Zinn was approved by the Big Spring School Board as the Bulldogs’ field hockey head coach for the 2022 season, a program she grew up in and graduated from. graduated in 2006. Zinn replaces Angie Noreika, who resigned in April after seven seasons in the role.
“It’s not something I was looking for, so I wasn’t actively looking to make such a big change,” Zinn said Tuesday, “but I think I’ve always been passionate about my community. … I know that it’s a community that I kind of always have, at this phase of my life, seen from the outside and I always thought that one day maybe I’d like to be a part of it.
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Along with the opportunity to contribute to her community, Zinn said the opportunity to have a positive impact on her family piqued her interest. Zinn is a mother of four children, her eldest being 8 years old.
The demands of coaching varsity over a 12-year span became taxing, and the Big Spring position offered the opportunity to spend more time with family while remaining involved in the sport. Zinn said she will remain in her roles at Dickinson through Friday.
“Seeing an opportunity that would be a great fit for my family and knowing the community and the resources that Big Spring has,” Zinn said, “I feel like I’ll always be able to do what I love and to be supported in what I do from this community. And ultimately I see it as a place where I can impact the youth of the community on the field hockey team. But I hope that in general, our team will be able to have a greater impact on the community and really have a lot of growth.
Zinn also boasts an impressive track record in his new position. At the helm of the Red Devil team, Dickinson has improved every year under Zinn. In six seasons as skipper – she was also senior assistant from 2010 to 2012 – Dickinson forged a 46-44 overall record and opened three winning campaigns.
Last fall, the Red Devils qualified for the Centennial Conference Championship, the longest such run in program history. In addition to her experience at Dickinson, Zinn served as head coach at York College from 2013 to 2015 and guided the Spartans to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals two years in a row. The Big Spring alum also played collegiate at Lock Haven University for three seasons, where she helped lead the Bald Eagles to a 54-14 mark.
“As we evolved into these concepts of communication, collaboration and being a player-driven team, really focusing on the opportunities for its obligations,” Zinn said, referring to the collective growth of his teams. over the years, “we’ve found so much passion for the game and it’s something that brings more fun. I think I’ve become a more, I don’t mean laid back (coach), but like I moved through those 12 years to build my philosophy, I think the philosophy that I have now that I’m going to bring to Big Spring is a lot more fun.
Zinn has already started strength and movement training, speed work and fundamental hockey skills with the Bulldogs. Big Spring is also expected to play pickup games every Wednesday this summer and is looking to gauge interest at the youth level.
“I know I can take what I’ve learned over the past 12 years, as a coach and college administrator,” Zinn said, “and be able to implement it to just try to make the experience even more (impactful) I don’t mean better because I don’t mean a better experience, but rather an impactful experience to help prepare students and student-athletes for life after high school, whatever whether.
Outside of the competitive scene, Zinn said she is excited to bond and build relationships with current and up-and-coming players, some of whom she already knows through the club circuit during the offseason.
She identified unity, mentorship and growth as traits she hopes to instill in her athletes. These are traits central to the foundation and philosophy that Zinn created during his time at Dickinson and York.
“I think again, over the last 12 years,” Zinn said, “it’s evolved into something that’s going to be really, really beneficial at the start of the season. I want all the players to benefit from being in the game. team and learn about life, about themselves and feel really prepared for their next step and winning is just kind of a bonus.
Christian Eby is a sports reporter for The Sentinel and cumberlink.com. You can contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at: @eby_sports