An experienced high school coach, camp instructor and league director, Patricia Zini begins her sixth season on the Wheaton College field hockey coaching staff in 2012.
Prior to her arrival in Norton, Zini served as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Every summer since 2001, Zini has worked as a head coach at the Tantasqua Regional High School camp in Fiskdale, where she also created a curriculum for the campers. Zini has also worked a field hockey camp at Worcester State College (2006) and spent time at the Connecticut Elite camp in Storrs, CT (2004) and STX camp in Amherst (2003).
In 2003, Zini founded the Turf Burn Field Hockey Summer League after receiving a grant from the Penn Monto Field Hockey Foundation. Since then, she has served as the director for a league in which adults and high school students from Connecticut and central Massachusetts compete. Additionally, Zini founded the Turf Juniors in summer 2005, which is a six-week clinic which she runs for girls ages 10 to 14.
A 2005 graduate of Trinity College, Zini was a four-year student-athlete who appeared in 37 games for the Bantams. As a senior, she started all 15 games and tied for the team lead with four assists, helping Trinity qualify for its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.
Zini earned a bachelor’s degree in English and has worked as an assistant preschool teacher in the Head Start Program in Southbridge and an English Language Arts teacher at Randolph Community Middle School.