The Pueblo Chieftan

Pack softball coach promoted to full time

Colorado State University-Pueblo interim softball head coach Christie Zinanti has been given the job on a permanent basis, according to athletic director Joe Folda.

Zinanti initially was hired as assistant coach but took the team’s reins five days later for the 2013 spring season when previous coach Shane Showalter resigned.

Zinanti guided the ThunderWolves to a 29-18 season record, the fifth-most softball wins in team history. CSU-Pueblo finished fourth in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play and sixth in the league tournament.

After the 2013 season, Zinanti reapplied and was given the job after a national search.

“I was impressed with the job she did last season and we are certain that the best is yet to come in her coaching career,” Folda said in a news release.

“I am excited about getting the permanent head coaching position. I feel we could do some great things here,” Zinanti said.

She previously served as assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands. 

Zinanti was a standout pitcher for Pueblo West High School’s two-time 4A state championship team. At Brigham Young University, she earned the second-most career wins in school history.

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