Coach Michael Zauzig returns to Southern Vermont in 2018 for his eighth year at the helm of the Mountaineers' women's soccer program. In each of his previous campaigns at SVC, he has led the Mountaineers to the New England Collegiate Conference playoffs. In 2015, he led the team to a 6-2-1 mark in NECC action to collect the program's first home playoff match since becoming NCAA accredited. That Mountaineer team won its first-round game to make it back to the Conference semis for the second-straight year, and Zauzig then led SVC back to the semifinals again in 2017. Zauzig has coached the NECC Rookie of the Year for four-straight seasons while also seeing a slew of Mountaineers garner all-NECC accolades.
Additionally in 2017, Coach Zauzig's '16 squad earned the program's sixth NSCAA Team Academic Award for having a GPA over 3.0. Also, the Mountaineers received the NSCAA Silver Ethics Award once again for being given only a limited amount of cautions throughout the season.
In 2014, Zauzig’s crew grabbed his first postseason victory as a head coach, making it to the Conference semifinals for the first time since 1999. That team included the NECC Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year (Melissa Mascari) and two members of each the All-NECC First and Second Teams.
In 2012, Zauzig led the team to the most wins in program history (11) and made his way back into the New England Collegiate Conference postseason for the second-straight year. He followed up with a third trip to the NECC postseason in 2013.
The Mountaineers also received their second-consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Team Ethics Award in 2012, earning the Silver Award for not being issued a single red card and less than five yellow cards throughout the season.
Zauzig’s '11 crew earned the NSCAA Gold Ethics Award, a recognition given to only thirteen teams across the nation in 2011 for not receiving one yellow or red card throughout the season.
Prior to taking over the women’s program, Zauzig was an assistant and goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, Juniata College, from 2008-11. In that time, he helped the Eagles reach the Landmark Conference tournament in 2008 and 2010. Zauzig also has experience at the high school level, assisting the Huntingdon Area High School (Pa.) to three District 5/6 championship games between 2004 and 2007.
He is currently with the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club (SWSC) located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., working with the U17 & U18 teams since the spring of 2013 as the assistant coach and trainer for both teams.
Zauzig has been a camp instructor at Penn State University’s summer girls’ individual overnight and team camps (2009-16) as well as the Juniata Youth soccer camp (2008-16). Coach Zauzig became a member of the NSCAA in 2009. He has received his Level I State Goalkeeping and Level II Regional Goalkeeping diplomas.
Zauzig graduated from Juniata in 2008 with his Bachelor of Science in Education, and then he returned for a PA Instructional I Certification in Elementary Education which he completed in 2010.
Coach Newton, a 2004 graduate of Southern Vermont and standout runner for the Mountaineers, joined the women's soccer program as an assistant prior to the start of the 2018 season.
She spent four years at the helm of the SVC men's & women's cross country programs from 2013-16. She was also the leader of Southern Vermont’s combined outdoor track & field team for three years--a program that completed its first varsity season in the spring of 2015.
Newton led the SVC men's cross country team to three-straight NECC championships between 2014-16 while also being selected as the league's Coach of the Year in each of those seasons.
She came back to the SVC campus after assisting the Williams College cross country teams for eight years in conjunction with coaching the local Mount Anthony Union High School indoor and outdoor track & field teams; she will continue to lead the MAUHS teams while coaching at Southern Vermont. In February of 2013, she was named the Vermont Indoor Track Coach of the Year, the second consecutive year in which she had received the award; she was also given the accolade in 2003.
The recipient of an Associate’s in Science degree held the Southern Vermont 5k record until 2016 after she ran a 20:07 5K in 2002 at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship. She posted a 24:09 6K in the 2002 NCAA New England Regional Championship for an SVC record which still stands today. Newton ran for head coach Scott Kilgallon while a Mountaineer, being named to the All-GNAC Team twice with a third-place finish at the conference championship in 2003 and a fourth-place finish in 2002. She accomplished these feats all while not only taking a full course load, but also raising a family.
Newtwon earned a certification and membership from the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association and is also a certified aerobics instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. In 2007, she became a certified USA Track & Field Level 1 track & field coach.
Intermittently, Newton has also provided personal training services for over 20 years around the Bennington area. She was also enrolled at American River College in Sacramento, Calif. where she studied forestry prior to attending Southern Vermont.
Patrick Zilkha joined the SVC coaching staff to assist the Mountaineers' men's squad in August 2015. He then started to help the women's program in the spring of 2018.
Zilkha obtained his US Soccer Federation National D License in May of 2015 after holding an E License since February 2013. He acquired a slew of credits at the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention for a US Soccer A licensure, the same time during which he received a National Federation of State High School/NSCAA Professional Development Certificate for High School Coaches.
Coach Zilkha has been the head coach of the Southern Vermont Mountain Fusion, the top travel club for Southern Vermont, since 2009, heading the U12, U10, and U8 programs. He has also been a coach with the Manchester (Vt.) Youth Soccer League since 2008, becoming a board member for the organization in 2010.