(Carlisle, Pa.) – Following a national search, Dickinson College Director of Athletics Joe Giunta has announced the hiring of Ted Zingman as the new head coach of the Red Devil women's soccer program.
Zingman comes to Carlisle from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has spent the past 10 seasons as the head coach of the women's soccer program. In addition, he has served as the compliance director for athletics since 2012.
"Ted brings so many of the on- and off-the-field qualities and experience any athletic department is looking for in a new coach: ability to recruit, emphasis on the classroom, attention to the complete student-athlete experience and the willingness to be an integral member of the overall community," says Giunta. "His positive influence on our women's soccer program will be immediate and I believe consistent moving forward for the future."
During his tenure at Hamline, Zingman completely rebuilt the program while producing the most wins and the highest winning percentage in school history. In his first season at Hamline, he led the Pipers to the program's first winning season and its first ever victories over regionally and nationally ranked opponents. That season also saw the first Hamline player lead the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in scoring while becoming a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-Region selection.
The 2011 season marked the first time Hamline posted a top-10 regional ranking, and the 2012 team set a school record with 12 wins. In 2016, Zingman finished his Piper career with one of the best seasons in program history—11 wins and the program's first conference playoff appearance.
In addition to their on-field success, the Piper players proved to be accomplished students as well. During Zingman's tenure, the team's combined grade-point average never slipped below 3.0 and only once went below a 3.25. The team GPA has been above 3.5 for three of the past four years. Hamline has received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for five straight seasons, ranking second in the nation in 2013-14.
Zingman was also active in the Minnesota soccer community, serving as a head coach for the Minnesota Olympic Development Program (ODP) for four years. In addition, he was head coach of the Under-17 Northern Lights Premier Soccer team in 2011 and co-coached the Under-14 Eden Prairie state championship team in 2010.
Prior to taking over the program at Hamline, Zingman was an assistant coach for the Johns Hopkins University women's soccer team for three years. He helped lead the team to their first top-10 national ranking, back-to-back Centennial Conference titles, the program's first NCAA tournament victory and back-to-back appearances in the second round of the NCAA tournament. JHU's record during Zingman's three seasons was 50-11-4, and he coached the first All-American in the program's history.
Zingman excelled as a player at Johns Hopkins as well. In his four years, the JHU men's soccer team had a record of 64-10-4, was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and appeared in the quarterfinals of the 1998 NCAA tournament. Zingman was a prolific scorer for the Blue Jays, breaking the team's single-season scoring record with 23 goals in 1999, ranking him fourth in the nation that season. Zingman was a First-team All-South Atlantic selection and graduated second all-time in the program, recording 47 goals and 22 assists. His 116 career points ranks him 11th on the all-time Centennial Conference scoring list, and he currently holds the Centennial Conference record for conference goals in a season with 13 (1999; tied).
"I am deeply grateful and humbled that Director of Athletics Joe Giunta and the rest of the search committee have offered me the opportunity to lead the Dickinson women's soccer program," Zingman says. "I look forward to working with the Dickinson student-athletes to create a selfless, competitive and rewarding college playing environment."
Zingman graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in civil engineering in 2000. He went on to spend six years as a project manager with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company before making the full-time switch to coaching. He received an MBA from Hamline in 2014 and holds a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a B License from the United States Soccer Federation.