Former Tennessee Tech head coach Dave Zelenock has been hired as the new head coach at The Citadel. He makes the jump after 5 seasons at his prior stop.
Zelenock’s teams finished a combined 41-104 in his 5 seasons, including just a 4-24 season in 2017. One of the team’s 4 seasons, however, was in their 2nd match of the season where they beat The Citadel 3-2.
Citadel would go on to a slightly-more-successful season than Tennessee Tech, but did wind up firing head coach Craig Mosqueda after an 8-26 season. CItadel has never finished with a winning record since the program was launched in 1998. Their best finish was a 12-20 (.375) season in 2004. They’ve 9 times gone winless in conference play and have never finished with more than 3 conference wins.
Tennessee Tech’s best season in the Zelenock era was 2014, where they finished 15-19 and had a winning record (9-7) in the Ohio Valley Conference. They advanced to the semi-finals of the OVC tournament that year.
Zelenock’s replacement at Tennessee Tech, Jeanette Waldo, was announced in December, separated from this announcement by almost 7 weeks.
Tennessee Tech earned AVCA Team Academic Awards 4 times during his tenure, in every season from 2012-2016, and has 35 uninterrupted semesters with a team GPA of greater than 3.0.
Prior to Tennessee Tech, he spent 6 seasons on the staff at his alma mater Central Michigan, including as associate head coach from 2009-onward. He also spent 2 years as an assistant at Northwood University and 1 year as an assistant at Delaware State.