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Last season, Zulauf was a young coach with a young team. The Ospreys were hampered by injuries that prevented them from having all of their best players on the field at the same time very often. As a result, Stockton won just three games but gained valuable experience.
Zulauf took over the Stockton program in 2010 and led the Ospreys to a 7-7 record and a runner-up finish in the ECAC Metro tournament in his first year as a head coach at the college level. Zulauf’s rookie campaign included a 15-14 overtime win over Farmingdale State in the ECAC Metro semifinals that avenged a 10-goal defeat to the Rams in the regular season.
Under the tutelage of his predecessor Dick Rizk, Zulauf was involved with all aspects of the Stockton lacrosse program during his two years as an assistant coach. Zulauf performed duties such as scouting, recruiting and coaching both offense and defense for the Ospreys. During that time, Stockton won a total of 16 games and qualified for the Skyline Conference tournament in both seasons.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Zulauf was a highly accomplished player at the college level. He began his career at Wagner College, where he played the first three seasons of his college career (2003-05). Zulauf earned MAAC Second Team honors in 2005 and set the Seahawks’ records for goals scored in a season and career. He was the first lacrosse player in Wagner history to earn all-conference honors.
Zulauf later transferred to Stockton and finished his playing career by leading the Ospreys in scoring with 70 points and earning a spot on the Knickerbocker Conference Second Team in 2006. His 40 assists that season equals the second-best total in Stockton history while his 70 points rank fourth all-time among Osprey single-season totals.
In addition to his two seasons as an assistant coach at Stockton, Zulauf also has coached Ath-Ed Lacrosse and Jersey Thunder youth teams and served as a counselor at camps for Army, Christian Brothers Academy and Holmdel High School. He played scholastically at Boonton High School, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in goals scored. Zulauf later earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stockton in 2007 and joined the Osprey lacrosse coaching staff shortly thereafter.