HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College head football coach Marty Favret has announced the appointment of College alumnus Zach Zullinger '07 as the program's new Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. A four-year team member for the Tigers from 2003-06, Zullinger has served as an assistant coach at Guilford College since 2011.
"We are thrilled to have an old Tiger come back home," said Favret, who is entering his 20th year at the helm of the program. "Zach has proven himself in this league as a terrific recruiter, an outstanding motivator and someone who can make a difference on game days. His energy is infectious and I know he can't wait to put his stamp on the football program and College that he loves so much."
Zullinger has served in several capacities at Guilford over the past eight years, most-recently as the Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Quakers. He has also been the program's defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, as well as the strength and conditioning coordinator. GC led the ODAC in sacks during 2018 with 26, and was second in fumble recoveries with nine, while adding eight forced fumbles and six interceptions. The Quakers posted an overall record of 42-37 from 2011-18, including a school-record nine wins in 2015.
"I cannot describe how fortunate I feel to be welcomed back into the Hampden-Sydney community," said Zullinger. "During my time as a student and an athlete, I experienced first-hand what a tremendous institution H-SC is and I am ecstatic to be a part of its continued tradition of excellence. I have an overwhelming appreciation for Coach Favret and the opportunity he has afforded me. Go Tigers!"
Prior to his time at Guilford, Zullinger was an assistant coach at Ursinus (Pa.) College from 2008-10. He served as the program's defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, strength and conditioning coordinator, along with having video coordinator responsibilities. The Bears posted an overall record of 17-14 from 2008-10, including an 8-2 record in 2010.
Zullinger served as an assistant coach for one season at nearby Randolph-Henry High School during 2007. He coached the offensive line and linebackers, while the special teams coordinator, as well.
Zullinger graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He began his career with the Tigers at offensive guard before moving to defensive tackle as a junior.
A native of Manassas, Zach and his wife, Hanna, will reside in the Farmville area.