The Neumann University Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development welcomes Evan Zielinski as the Coordinator for New Media, Communications and Events. Zielinski, a 2014 Neumann graduate, strives every day to live out the University’s core values of Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Stewardship.
“I am so excited to welcome Neumann alum Evan Zielinski to the Institute family as our coordinator of new media, communications and events,” said Lee DelleMonache, director of the Institute. “His digital media savviness will expand the Institute’s outreach in a number of ways. We were fortunate to find a person whose passion and creativity is fueled by his love for sports and its potential to bring out the best in people.”
Zielinski’s involvement and passion for Neumann University has opened many doors along the way while creating some lifelong relationships. Zielinski, a three-year captain on the men’s lacrosse team, was a key leader for the men’s lacrosse program. He was honored as the recipient of the Randy Mills Award (most passionate athlete) as well as the Nicholas Colleluori Award (most relentless athlete). As a member of the Neumann University men’s lacrosse team, Zielinski was named to the CSAC All-Academic teams for three seasons and was All-Conference in 2013. In 2014, Zielinski helped lead the men’s lacrosse team to their first playoff appearance in over a decade. While a student at Neumann, Zielinski was very active in other ways in the athletic program as well. In 2012, Evan was the student manager for the Women’s Volleyball team who went on to capture the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championship. He was named the first Neumann University mascot, “Sir Francis,” and also was a part of the Neumann Sports Network, broadcasting many sporting events on campus. Zielinski represented all Neumann student-athletes at the Conference level through his appointment on the Student-Athlete Advising Committee. During the tail end of his collegiate career, Zielinski and a few of his teammates were recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as an Emmy Award finalist for a documentary they produced on behalf of the late, Dante DeSimone who was tragically killed prior to the 2014 season.
Zielinski’s willingness to give back to the community inspired him to lead many different community service initiatives as a student and as an assistant coach. He has volunteered his time with many organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, American Cancer Society, Stockings for Soldiers, and the Special Olympics. Since graduation, Zielinski has devoted his time training many local high-school and collegiate athletes in addition to serving as an assistant coach for the Neumann University men’s lacrosse team. Zielinski assists Head Coach Kyle Gardner in developing strategy for year round recruiting outreach, practice planning, and game preparation. Zielinski oversees the annual alumni game and also developed and implemented the strength and conditioning program which allows members of the lacrosse team to maximize performance, gain athletic competence, increase self-esteem, minimize injuries and ultimately increase their chances of winning. If Zielinski isn’t coaching on Sundays in the fall, you can find him in section 241 as an usher for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It feels good to be home,” said Evan. “Neumann University has played an integral part of my life and it’s an honor to give back to the university as well as the students. The work that the Institute provides has resonated with me for many years, both as a Neumann University student-athlete and as a coach. I want to thank the search committee for believing in my aspirations and long-term goals to help grow the impact of the Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development. I am very thankful for all the relationships that I have created and I am looking forward to creating many more in the future. I am proud to be a Neumann Knight.”
Please join us in welcoming Evan Zielinski to the Institute!