Carly Zinn enters her third year at the helm of the Spartan program. She was selected as the seventh head field hockey coach in the history of the York College program in June of 2013.
Zinn turned the program around in her second year at the helm as the Spartans went 13-7 and advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals for the first time since 2011. The 13 wins were a nine-game turnaround after the Spartans' 4-12 record in Zinn's first year at the helm.
The Spartans had their second CAC Rookie of the Year in 2014 as freshman Ali Posey earned the award while three other Spartans also earned All-CAC accolades.
Zinn came to the Spartan program in 2013 after serving the previous three years as the lead assistant coach at Dickinson College including a four-month stint as the acting head coach while the Red Devils were in the midst of a search.
Zinn was a three-year member of the Lock Haven University field hockey team, missing her sophomore year due to a medical redshirt. She helped lead the Eagles to a stellar mark of 54-14 (79.4%) during her career.
Zinn is very definite in the type of players she has recruited during her time with the Spartans.
“Accountability is high on my list of what makes a successful team and program,” states Zinn. “Players need to hold themselves accountable and they should be able to hold their teammates accountable for what they do both on and off the field. Having those types of people will lead us to success. I want athletes who are willing to work hard and put in the time to be successful. I also want student-athletes who are mentally tough and willing to compete at a high level.”
Zinn feels that York is an attractive option for Division III student-athletes.
“We recruit student-athletes who will make a difference in our program. We want to create a family atmosphere where there is support from the coaching staff and the squad. We have great facilities that are some of the best in Division III. I feel we are very attractive to talented kids who will enable us to build a successful program.”
In Zinn's first season, the Spartans finished with a deceiving mark of 4-12. The outmanned Spartans dropped four one-goal decisions during the year as they easily could have been a .500 club. A trio of Spartans earned All-Capital Athletic Conference honors under the guideance of Zinn. Seniors Kailey Brewer and Jillian Brezgel joined junior Katie Petrillo in earning all-league accolades.
After a busy off-season of recruiting, Zinn welcomes in another strong recruiting class as the Spartans look to build on the great success of the 2014 campaign.
Gabrielle Nolt enters her first year on Carly Zinn’s York College Field Hockey staff. Nolt comes to the Spartan program after serving as an assistant coach at Hempfield High School.
Nolt brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the Spartan squad. Nolt was a four-year letter winner at La Salle University. She had a fantastic senior year as she was the team’s leading scorer, earned a Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Award, and finished the season ranked seventh in the A-10 in scoring as a senior. Nolt also earned A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades and was named the team’s Unsung Hero.
Nolt’s coaching career began at Hempfield High School in 2011 at the conclusion of her collegiate career. Nolt helped lead the Knights to the 2011 PIAA State Championship. Hempfield went 19-6-1 en route to the state championship. She has also coached Keystone State Games teams including a squad in the youth division that finished second at the 2012 games. Nolt is very active in the Lancaster and York communities as she is a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, specializing in vinyasa power yoga, and teaches classes daily at Evolution Power Yoga.
Nolt will be responsible for assisting Coach Zinn in all aspects of the Spartan program.
Britt Walker begins her first year on the Spartan coaching staff as the York goalkeepers’ coach. Walker comes to York from Ohio University where she was a three-year starter in goal for the Bobcats.
Walker played all four years at Ohio where the Bobcats won the 2011 Mid-American Conference championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She earned MAC All-Tournament team honors in both 2013 and 2014. As a sophomore, Walker led the MAC in shutouts and was ranked 15th in the nation in goals against average and finished inside the top 25 nationally in save percentage.
For her career, Walker played in 55 career games. She played 3,721:38 over the course of her Bobcat career. Walker notched 222 career saves with seven shutouts and 21 victories during her career. She served as a Bobcat captain as a senior in 2014.
Walker will be responsible for the Spartan goaltending and will assist Coach Zinn in other aspects of the program.
|Title:||Assistant Field Hockey Coach|
Michele Lobach enters her second season as a member of the Spartan field hockey coaching staff in 2014.
Lobach comes to York after compiling a stellar playing career at Lebanon Valley College from 2007-2010.
At LVC, Lobach was named an NFHCA First-Team All-American as a junior and a Second-Team All-American as a senior. She earned NFHCA First-Team All-Region honors as a junior and senior, in addition to earning Second-Team All-Region accolades as a sophomore. Lobach also earned All-Commonwealth Conference honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior, in addition to being named the Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year.
Named a team captain her senior year, Lobach finished out her collegiate career as Lebanon Valley's all-time career assists leader as she compiled 151 points on 53 goals and 45 assists. She also played a major role in leading LVC to four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Lobach graduated from Lebanon Valley in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
A native of York County, Lobach grew up in Hanover, Pa. and played high school field hockey at South Western High School.
|Title:||Student Assistant Coach|