Emmitsburg, Md. (September 11, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann has announced the addition of Laura Zinkand as an assistant on the coaching staff for the upcoming season.
"I couldn't be happier that LB will be joining our staff. I've known her since she was a player and I know she will be a tremendous asset to our team," said Schwarzmann. "She is hard-working, smart and dedicated to making our program the best that it can be. I can't wait to work with her and for our players to learn from her."
Zinkand comes to the Mount after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross. Prior to her time with the Crusaders, Zinkand was an assistant on the women's lacrosse staff at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. There she was responsible for evaluating potential prospective student-athletes, assisting in practice planning, and organizing game day preparations. During the 2015 season, Zinkand helped guide Lycoming to 10 victories and played a pivotal role in helping the defense cut down on its goals allowed by three per game.
"I would like to thank Coach Schwarzmann, Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson, and the Mount St. Mary's athletic administration for giving me the opportunity to build on the great success of the women's lacrosse program here at the Mount," said Zinkand. "I feel honored be part of a university with such a prestigious academic and athletic reputation. I am excited to continue the growth of the women's lacrosse program as we strive to compete for championships."
Zinkand played two seasons of lacrosse at Cincinnati, where she led the squad with 42 ground balls as a freshman en route to earning the team's Defensive MVP Award. She then transferred to Towson, and in 2013 she started the last 15 games of the season for the Tigers, finishing fifth on the team in goals (12) while helping lead the squad to a CAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The following season, Zinkand became the director of lacrosse operations with the Tigers.
Zinkand graduated from Towson in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in biology.