PUEBLO, Colo. -- Colorado State-Pueblo head coach Christie Zinanti has had the interim tag removed from her title as she was appointed the permanent head coach Wednesday, director of athletics Joe Folda announced.

Zinanti was hired as the CSU-Pueblo assistant coach five days prior to the resignation of previous head coach Shane Showalter and was appointed as the interim head coach for the 2013 season after his departure. Following the conclusion of the 2013 season, Zinanti emerged as the top candidate after a national search.

"I was impressed with the job she did last season and we are certain that the best is yet to come in her coaching career," Folda said.

"I am excited about getting the permanent head coaching position and I'm appreciative of the faith in me that Joe Folda has shown in extending this opportunity," Zinanti said. "I feel we could do some great things here and I will continue working to bring a championship to Pueblo."

Last year, Zinanti led the ThunderWolves to a 29-18 season, earning the fifth-most wins ever for the Pack softball program. After a fourth-place Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference finish, the ThunderWolves finished sixth in the RMAC tournament.

Zinanti had previously served as the assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands in 2012, where she helped lead the team to their most wins in program history.

Prior to arriving at New Mexico Highlands, Zinanti was a standout pitcher at Brigham Young, earning the second-most wins in school history. A Pueblo native, she helped Pueblo West High School win two consecutive 4A state championships in 2004 and '05.