After a long search, the College of Mount St. Vincent has named Dean Zenie as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Wrestling Coach. The WPI grad has extensive high school and USA Wrestling coaching experience and will take the reins for the Dolphins in their fourth year of competition. Read on for more.
Zenie becomes Wrestling program’s third head coach
8/20/2015 10:20:00 AM
Riverdale, N.Y. – The Department of Athletics and Recreation at the College of Mount Saint Vincent has announced the appointment of Dean Zenie to the positions of Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation and Head Wrestling Coach. Zenie joins the Mount Saint Vincent staff after a successful four year athletic career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and with extensive coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels.
Zenie got his start in coaching in 1989 when he took on the assistant coach role at Herricks High School. He then moved on to head the Division I program at Wagner College from 1993-94 where he was responsible for all budgeting, recruiting and scheduling, before returning to the high school ranks in 2011.
Zenie assumed the assistant coach role at Paul D. Schreiber High School in 2011 where he mentored multiple All-League, All-County and All-State wrestlers. During the 2015 season, his squad was ranked inside the top-10 in Nassau County and in 2014 his team was a Conference 1B runner up and ranked as a top-16 seed in the dual meet playoffs.
In 2008, Zenie began work with USA Wrestling. He has held the positions of Suffolk County Chairman, New York State Kids Director, and most recently as a New York State National Duals Team Coach and Fargo Team Leader.
“I’m looking forward to leading this group of outstanding men and building a wrestling tradition here at the College of Mount Saint Vincent,” stated Zenie upon his appointment.
As a high school wrestler at Long Island Lutheran, Zenie was a two-time Private School State place winner including a championship at 215 pounds his senior year. Zenie continued his wrestling career at WPI from 1987-92 where he was a four year starter with the wrestling program at 167 and 177 pounds.
Also with a wealth of officiating experience, Zenie currently holds certification as a USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco-Roman Mat Official and Pairing Official and is a Section XI High School and Middle School Official.
A 1992 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Zenie currently resides in Melville, N.Y. with his wife Laura, daughter Skyler and son Jared.