Van Zanic - Head Coach
For the past 13 seasons, Van Zanic has handled the head coaching duties for Geneva′s softball team. With a career mark of 352-236, Zanic has won more games than any other softball coach in school history.
Zanic began his coaching career at Geneva as an assistant during the years of 2000 and 2001. He served as Geneva′s full-time sports information director for 15 years before taking over as interim athletic director in the summer of 2013.
Zanic has led the Golden Tornadoes to the post-season in 11 of his 13 years, including four regional tournament appearances and four NCCAA national tournament stints and three consecutive appearances in the PAC tournament in the past three years. During the first 13 years at the helm, 51 student-athletes honored with All-Conference recognition. In addition, 32 student-athletes have received academic honors, while ten players have been named NCCAA All-Americans. “I think more than anything else that we have accomplished, I am most proud of the work that has been done in the classroom,” Zanic said. “Our ladies are dedicated student-athletes, who take great pride in their academic career. This past spring our women registered a 3.2 team GPA, which is a great testament to the dedication our ladies have in the classroom.”
A Geneva graduate himself, Zanic completed his studies at Geneva in 1992 with a degree in Broadcast Communications. While with the Golden Tornadoes, Zanic spent four years playing baseball. A four-year starter at Geneva, he helped guide Geneva to four consecutive post-season appearances.
Zanic started his coaching career at the high school level as an assistant at Woodland Hills High School in the mid-90′s, alongside his father George Zanic. During his three years as an assistant, Woodland Hills qualified for the WPIAL play-offs in each of those seasons.
Zanic returned to his alma mater six years after graduating and has never looked back. “It is been a true blessing to be at Geneva,” said Zanic. “I am truly enjoying this opportunity to coach these young ladies every day. If anything else, they certainly keep you young.” Zanic and his wife Rebecca reside on College Hill with their two children, Zach (15) and Lexi (11).
Contact Coach Zanic by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Fee - Assistant Coach
Andrew Fee joined the softball program's staff in 2015. In addition to his responsibilities as the first base coach, Fee oversees much of the program's administration including the responsibly as the Youth Softball Camp Director.
"Andrew has a great knowledge of the game and is able to communicate that experience to our players," says Zanic. "He is a tireless worker and has proven to be able to do whatever is asked to help our program succeed."
Lexi Schwartzmiller - Assistant Coach
Lexi Schwartzmiller, a 2015 graduate of Robert Morris University, was the head coach of the U16 Pittsburgh Riot travel team when she first came to Geneva for a tournament. In the summer of 2015, she connected with Head Coach Van Zanic and found her place with the Golden Tornadoes. Schwartzmiller now resides in Moon, PA, and works as an accountant for PGT Trucking Corporate in Monaca, PA. A middle infielder and four-year starter at RMU, Lexi said “It would be weird of softball wasn’t in my life.”