Penn High School Athletic Director Jeff Hart announced that former Kingsmen Girls Golf standout Katie Zielinski has been hired as the head coach of the Penn Girls Golf Team.

Zielinski, a 2012 Penn graduate, played for Hall of Fame Coach Jim Garrett at Penn before taking her talents to Saint Mary’s College, where she carved out a successful career at the collegiate level.

Hart said that Zielinski was a natural choice to take over the highly successful Kingsmen program, which owns four State Championships.

“Katie grew up in the Penn program,” Hart said. “She understands and embraces the importance of an energized youth program and her time at Penn and Saint Mary’s has prepared her well to lead this program into the future”.

Zielinski, a kindergarten teacher at Northpoint Elementary, is eager for the opportunity to coach at her alma mater.

“I am beyond excited and honored to be the new head coach of this amazing golf program and to be a Kingsmen again!” Zielinski said. “I look forward to creating a team culture, while encouraging excellence for all of our student-athletes. I cannot wait to see the amazing things this team will do.”