Beaver Falls, PA– Geneva College has named alum Van Zanic as the institution's athletic director today, after having served the past year in an interim role.
“It has been an exciting year for me and for Geneva College athletics.” Zanic said. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to lead our athletic department into its next chapter of success.”
In the past year, Geneva’s football team returned to a .500 record, volleyball and men’s soccer programs pressed into the post season in conference play, the men’s basketball team made a dramatic playoff run, and the softball team reached the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship.
A two-sport athlete (football and baseball) at Geneva, Zanic graduated in 1992 with a degree in Broadcast Communication. After beginning his coaching career at Woodland Hills, his alma mater, Zanic returned to Geneva College as the Sports Information Director (SID) in 1998.
Five years later, he took over the women’s softball program in addition to his SID role and for the past 13 years has developed into one of the best softball head coaches in the region, having been named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) coach of the year for the past four years.
In addition to his role as Athletic Director and a member of the institution’s leadership team, Zanic will remain as Geneva’s softball coach. Despite the big job description, Zanic is looking forward to the challenge.
“We are blessed with an amazing group of young men and women student-athletes that will continue to grow in all aspects of life,” Zanic said. “I believe wholeheartedly in what our coaching staff can do in helping to mentor these student-athletes along their academic and athletic journey. Geneva College has been home for me for a long time and I know the impact it can have on our students. Along with an amazing group of coaches, I am looking forward to continuing that ministry for many years to come.”
Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God’s word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today’s world.
Students have opportunities for enrichment and networking through Geneva’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter.