Erin Zitoun grew up in State College, Pennsylvania where she starting swimming at the age of eight in age group YMCA swimming and then continued on through USS Swimming until she was 21 years old. She swam for State College Area High School and was awarded High School All-American on their multi-year State Championship team. Zitoun swam for Hobart and William Smith Colleges and also rowed on the Crew Team there. She is a Certified Art and Special Education Teacher. She is the Assistant Swim Coach at Hockaday and is the owner/designer of her own jewelry business in Dallas. She started coaching for DAM in 2013.