The Coyle School District will welcome a new superintendent to campus on July 1. Terry Zink was selected by the Coyle Board of Education at their May 4 meeting after sifting through 40 resumes for the position. The board eventually brought eight candidates to town for final interviews.
“I am excited about being here. There are good people in Coyle, and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Zink.
Zink has over 40 years of education experiences that started in Blackwell, Oklahoma as a history, physical education teacher and basketball coach in 1978. The University of Oklahoma graduate would eventually relocate his family to the Texas panhandle area to Memphis and then to Plainview. Zink’s coaching experiences in the early years included football, basketball, and golf.
The desire to get into school administration soon took the Zink family to Splendora, Texas for a three year stint as an assistant principal before becoming the junior high school principal for the next two years. While in the Houston area, Zink would move over to what is now called Houston Christian High School and would lead that school for four years.
A new challenge at the Riverdale Baptist School and Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland as a superintendent would see Zink there for the next 11 years.
“I enjoyed the time there. The philosophy, the freedom and the impact on the kids was very appealing,” said Zink.
The panhandle came calling when Booker ISD offered Zink the superintendent’s position. The school district located near Amarillo had 400 kids in the district when Zink retired after four years of service.
Zink’s wife of 42 years, Sandra would pass away leaving Zink in the panhandle and grown daughters in Fort Worth and Washington D.C. Zink would remarry in 2018, his high school sweetheart, Judith who was living in Ponca City prior to them getting married. The couple would relocate to Coyle.
“I enjoy molding and shaping teachers. This gives me an opportunity to do what I like to do. I have no agenda other than to continue to make Coyle as successful as we can. I want to leave it in better shape and continue to improve on what Josh Sumrall has done. He has been spending time with me on the transition,” said Zink.
On the four day school week, “It’s a good thing especially with the pandemic issues. School may look different this fall depending on the mandates from the state. The students and the staff definitely like the four day week,” said Zink.
In his spare time, Zink is an avid Oklahoma Sooner football fan. Golf was a passion but his playing days have slowed down.
Zink will also be the athletic director as well when he assumes his duties on July 1.