Paul Zalewski is in his fourth year as assistant coach and technical director for the Hokies after a successful eight-year tenure at East Carolina University. He is responsible for coaching the long jump, triple jump, high jump, and combined events for the Hokies.
Zalewski has played an instrumental role in the development of jumper Manuel Ziegler. In 2016, Ziegler qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the triple jump. He finished fifth at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a season-best mark of 15.72 meters (51 feet, 7 inches). His points were part of an overall team performance that ultimately led to an ACC team title.
Zalewski also coached David Prince, a long jumper who finished eighth at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Prince’s jump of 23 feet, 9.5 inches enabled him to a score a point for a Tech men’s team that came in fifth.
During his second season guiding Tech’s jumpers, Zalewski coached his first ACC champion and NCAA All-American as a Tech coach. Ziegler won the ACC crown in the men’s triple jump at the indoor championships, setting a school and ACC record with a mark of 16.61 meters (54 feet, 6 inches). Ziegler also earned second-team All-ACC honors in the long jump and his performance earned him ACC Field Athlete of the Year honors. Ziegler capped the season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump. On the women’s side, Johnna Dominick garnered second-team All-ACC honors with a fourth-place finish in the high jump finish to round out the successful season.
In his first year in charge of jumps and women’s sprints and hurdles, Zalewski sent two athletes to the NCAA East Regional meet and the USTFA Junior Nationals. Jasmine Mitchell qualified for both meets in the 400-meter dash, while Christine London qualified in the 400-meter hurdles.