Dottie Potter Zenaty is the 21st person to be chosen as the honoree of the Springfield College Golf Classic. It seems only fitting that as Springfield College celebrates 50 years of varsity women’s athletics on campus, that she be named the 2013 Golf Classic Honoree.
A true pioneer of women’s athletics, she played on the College's first four varsity women's teams (field hockey, basketball, softball and tennis). She received her bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield in 1965, and a master's degree from Colorado State in 1969.
She returned to her alma mater in 1970 and went on to have a legendary 34-year career as head field hockey coach and associate professor of physical education. Her reputation as an outstanding educator and coach was instrumental in the growth and popularity of women's field hockey on a national level. With 377 career victories, Zenaty is the winningest coach in New England and ranked fifth nationally at the time of her retirement.
Zenaty coached in five U.S. Olympic Sports Festivals and supervised four NCAA Division I championship. She served on the executive board of the U.S. Field Hockey Association for seven years and as chairperson of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee, and in 1997, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Zenaty as the Field Hockey Developmental Coach of the Year.
Zenaty was selected to serve as Springfield College’s Distinguished Professor of Humanics for the 2003-2004 academic year and has been inducted into both the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame.
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