Pete Zinno
Pete Zinno
Year: 2018
School: NYIT
Sports: Track & Field - Head Coach

Zinno, NYIT's longtime track & field coach, see his career honored with induction into the ECC Hall of Fame. After becoming head coach of the men's team in 1973, Zinno started the women's track & field program at NYIT in 1979, which was one of the first women's collegiate programs in the country. From there, he turned NYIT into a destination for world class track & field athletes. Zinno coached runners who qualified for the Olympics in 1980, 1988, 1992, and 2000. He's also coached student-athletes who went on to medal in international competitions such as the Olympics, Goodwill Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, and Commonwealth Games.

Track & field wasn't sponsored as a conference sport for much of Zinno's tenure, but in the few years it was, he led the Bears to the top. NYIT won six NYCAC Championships in his career. Included among the six titles were men's indoor and outdoor championships in 2002 and 2003 and women's outdoor championships, also in 2002 and 2003. Zinno earned numerous honors in his career. He was a seven-time NCAA Division II District II Coach of the Year, a three-time ECAC Women's Coach of the Year, and the Nassau Country Sports Commission Coach of the Year in 2002.

In addition to his duties at NYIT, Zinno served USA Track & Field in numerous positions.  In 1992 he served as the head manager of Team USA in an international competition versus Great Britain and from 1989 through 1991, Zinno served as a three‐time coach for the US Olympic Festival. He was also an assistant coach for the World University Games in 1997 (Italy) and 2001 (Bejing) and in 2004 he served as the head manager at the Indoor World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Today, Zinno is involved with NYIT athletics once again as he helps coach the school's men's and women's cross country teams after being named Head Coach Emeritus in 2016.