RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Field Hockey head coach Stacey Bean has announced the hiring of Annie Zinkavich and Kayla May as assistant coaches.
Zinkavich joins VCU after having served as an assistant coach at Virginia in addition to her current role as the co-director of the Panthers United Field Hockey Club. Zinkavich served as an assistant coach at UVA from 2012-2015. May joins the Rams from Indiana University where she was an assistant for the 2016 season after serving as an assistant at Siena from 2012-2015.
"I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Annie and Kayla to the VCU family. Their extensive coaching background in both the college ranks and within the USA Field Hockey system will be a key factor in bringing our program to the forefront of the A-10 and beyond," said Bean.
At Virginia, Zinkavich coached the goalkeepers and coordinated all of the program's recruiting efforts. In 2012, Zinkavich helped mentor sophomore goalie Jenny Johnstone, who was named the All-ACC goalkeeper and was also named to the All-Region first team.
"I am grateful to Coach Bean, Pat Stauffer and the rest of the search committee for this opportunity. We have all of the pieces we need to work toward an A-10 championship and I am excited to help these student-athletes and this team on our journey to greatness," Zinkavich said.
Zinkavich also spent six seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Penn State. With the Nittany Lions, she also worked primarily with the goalkeepers and assisted in the day-to-day program operations. While with Penn State, she helped coach the team to five NCAA Tournament appearances including the 2007 national championship game. Her goalkeepers earned three first team All-Big Ten and four All-America honors. Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title in 2009 and claimed the tournament championship in 2011.
Zinkavich, a goalkeeper, played four seasons at Penn State (2000-03) where she was a three-time NFHCA All-Midwest regional selection and helped the Nittany Lions to the national title game in 2002. She was also selected to the senior all-star game in 2003.
Zinkavich has extensive coaching experience within the USA Field Hockey National Team and has served on the coaching staffs of both the Junior High Performance Program and the U19 National Team.
May joins VCU from Indiana University where she was primarily in charge of the Hoosier offense. May also coordinated team travel as well as assisted in planning and conducting in-season and out-of- season practice and game day coaching.
"I'm extremely excited to work with such a high-energy, experienced and passionate staff. I'm appreciative of this amazing opportunity at VCU and can not wait to get started," May said.
Prior to Indiana, May served as a field hockey assistant coach at Siena College from 2012-2016 where she was also an assistant strength and conditioning coach. At Siena, she planned and conducted drills with goalkeepers and maintained a compliance database. She also designed and instructed sport specific lifts and conditioning drills for field hockey, water polo and swimming program.
May played collegiately at Louisville where she helped the team to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008. She also scored 21 goals and accumulated a total of 49 points her senior season while leading the team in game-winning goals. May was also selected for USA National Team Trial and the Midwest High Performance Field Hockey team.
"Above and beyond their coaching ability, they are tremendous mentors for our student-athletes on and off the field. Quite simply, their ability to teach and motivate our student-athletes is second to none," Bean said.