Paul Zalewski is in his third 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.
During his second season guiding Tech’s jumpers, Zalewski coached his first ACC champion and NCAA All-American as a Hokie. Manuel Ziegler won the ACC crown in the men’s triple jump at the indoor championships while also earning second team All-ACC honors in the long jump. His performance earned him ACC Field Athlete of the Year honors and set the all-time ACC record in the triple jump. Ziegler capped the season with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump. On the women’s side, Johnna Dominick garnered second team All-ACC honors with a fourth place 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.
During his tenure at East Carolina, Zalewski coached sprints, hurdles, jumps, and multi-events. He mentored two NCAA All-Americans and seven Conference USA champions. He was a member of the Pirate staff when the women’s team won their first ever Conference USA championship in 2012.
After earning his master’s degree in biomechanics from East Carolina, Zalewski joined the University’s Department of Kinesiology where he served as degree director for the Bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies and taught classes in sport management, sport sociology, and coaching theories, while continuing to coach track and field.
Prior to his time at East Carolina, Zalewski was a standout athlete for the Cortland Red Dragons. While there, Zalewski was a member of three SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship teams, two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship teams, won four SUNYAC individual titles, and was a seven-time All-ECAC selection.