YWCA Girls Field Hockey Summer Camp
Monday, June 17, 2019 – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Hempfield Park, 220 Forbes Trail Rd, Greensburg
Coached by 2-time National Champion Coach, Tara Zollinger (see bio below)
Now accepting registrations for girls 18 Years Old & Younger.
Beginners are welcome. Players will be placed in appropriate age groupings if necessary.
$175 for early bird registration and $200 after June 1st
Call the YWCA Westmoreland County at 724-834-9390 to pre-register to hold your spot.
Tara Zollinger is in her second season as the head field hockey coach at Shippensburg University in 2018.
In 2017, Zollinger and her assistants were named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year and Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Raiders to victory in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship. The NCAA title was SU’s second straight and third overall in school history.
The achievement also gave Zollinger the distinction of being the first person to win an NCAA Division II National Championship in her first year as a collegiate head coach.
Zollinger directs all aspects of the SU program, but her primary instructional focus is on offense. In Zollinger’s first season at Shippensburg, the Raiders led the nation in penalty corners per game (13.05) and ranked among the nation’s Top 5 in scoring average (3.58) and assists per game (2.19). SU scored 76 goals, increasing its team total by 27 from the previous season.
A talented recruiter, Zollinger’s first SU class reaped immediate dividends en route to the national championship. Highlighting the group is midfielder Jazmin Petrantonio, who was named the NFHCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year as a freshman after totaling 12 goals and 12 assists in her rookie season. In her first season as the Raider head coach, Zollinger instructed three NFHCA All-Americans and five All-PSAC performers.
On the national level, Zollinger is in her second year as the field hockey representative on the coaches’ council for WeCOACH (formerly Alliance of Women Coaches). She is one of 15 coaches from across the country spanning all three NCAA divisions that serves on the council, serving as an ambassador in coaching communities and networks.
Zollinger, a 2013 University of Maryland graduate, arrived at Shippensburg having spent the 2013-16 seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse University, working under two-time NFHCA Division I National Coach of the Year Ange Bradley. Among Zollinger’s primary responsibilities included integral roles as both the team’s recruiting coordinator and its lead instructor for offensive skill sets.
Success has followed Zollinger throughout her career. She is a three-time NCAA Division I Field Hockey national champion, having helped coach Syracuse to the 2015 national title after winning two championships as a player at Maryland. As a coach or player, Zollinger has won four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Regular Season Championships and made six NCAA Division I Final Four appearances.
At Syracuse, Zollinger was a part of the school’s most successful seasons in history. She helped instruct a 2015 team that posted a perfect 16-0 regular-season record – the first team in 25 seasons to achieve the feat. The No. 1-ranked Orange also swept the 2015 ACC postseason awards, becoming the first team to do so since North Carolina in 1994.
Under Coach Bradley, Zollinger also assisted in practice planning, technical development, scouting and video preparation, travel coordination and scheduling. One of Zollinger’s primary on-field responsibilities included scouting and leading the penalty corner unit.
At Maryland, Zollinger was an attacker who won two NCAA Championships (2010, 2011) and two ACC Championships (2009, 2010) – reaching the Final Four in all four of her collegiate seasons. She received Maryland’s Kateri Simon Award in 2012, recognizing an athlete that persevered in times of adversity and displayed courage while bringing positive energy to all team sessions.
Zollinger earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and was an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was a development assistant with the University of Maryland Terrapin Club, coordinating and organizing member and donor events.
In 2017 and 2018, Zollinger coached the Women’s High-Performance Mid-Atlantic Training Site and coached at the 2018 USA Field Hockey Young Women’s National Championship.
For four years, Zollinger served as the head coach of the USA Field Hockey Futures program for Region 4, based in Syracuse. She has trained and developed elite high school athletes who were selected to represent the New York Region at USA Field Hockey competitions. As a club coach, Zollinger has worked with Freedom HKY in Maryland.
Zollinger also boasts extensive experience competing and coaching overseas. In 2012, Zollinger played with the Westside Wolves club team in Perth, Australia and also coached various ages while studying abroad. She previously coached summer camps in Barcelona, Spain from 2010-11. As a prep athlete, Zollinger played on tours to Germany and Barbados with her home club team, East Coast Field Hockey.
In high school, Zollinger was two-time All-WPIAL First Team performer at Hempfield Area High School, leading the Spartans in scoring her freshman through junior seasons. Midway through her senior season, she joined Club San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina to train and play.
A native of Jeannette, Pa., Zollinger is a USA Field Hockey Level 2 certified head coach and a graduate of the NCAA Alliance of Women’s Coaches Academy. She is currently studying toward a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lock Haven University.
Why join this program?
This program is for girls who are interested in learning or improving their field hockey skills and want to have fun during the off-season. Beginners to advanced players are welcome and encouraged to sign up. For more information or to register for the season, call the YWCA at 724-834-9390.
Here is the history of YWCA Field Hockey
- 1991: Field Hockey instructional classes were offered for the first time in Greensburg by the YWCA at Lynch Field on October 5th. This program was facilitated by a grant from the US Field Hockey Association.
- 1993: New uniforms were purchased with donations from James Albert to the Program.
- 1996 ~ 1999: Program is moved to Seton Hill University. FIRST WINNING SEASON for the Middle School Team. A total of 42 goals were scored. ~ FIRST WINNING SEASON for the High School team with a 7-5-2 record.
- 2002 ~ 2003: Four high school teams spin off the YWCA club to form new programs: Greensburg Salem, Hempfield, Greensburg Central Catholic and Penn Trafford (2011 WPIAL Champs).
- 2005: Hempfield Park became our new HOME! First undefeated season!!
- 2013: Another undefeated season – YWCA Middle School Team.