Email This Page
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Don Zimmerman Signs Six-Year Contract Extension Through the 2013-2014 Season
Baltimore-- UMBC head men’s lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman has signed a six-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today.
Zimmerman, 55, has piloted UMBC to three consecutive NCAA Division I tournament appearances, a feat accomplished for the first time in the school’s 27-year Division I lacrosse history. This past season, the Retrievers (12-4) set a new school record with 11 straight wins before a tough 10-9 loss at second-seeded
For his efforts, Zimmerman was named Coach of the Year in the 2008 LaxPower men's lacrosse Fan Awards.
“My family and I are extremely happy that I will continue as head men’s lacrosse coach at UMBC,” Coach Zimmerman said. “We appreciate all the support that Dr. Brown and [UMBC] President [Dr. Freeman] Hrabowski have shown over the past 15 years and especially over the past several weeks.
“We have all worked so hard to have achieved our recent success and I am confident we can continue that down the road. But even more important than those records are the great kids we have in this program.
“It was an honor to be considered for the head coaching position at
UMBC Athletics recently completed a five million-dollar stadium locker room complex. Amongst its many amenities, it is the first building on campus to be completely outfitted with fiber-optic cable. In the spring of 2005, the stadium field was outfitted with Sportexe’s Momentum turf, the same product used at M&T Bank Stadium in
Coach Zimmerman just completed his 15th season at the helm of UMBC and his 22nd campaign as a head coach. He is 186-110 (.628) and 113-94 (.546) at UMBC. His Johns Hopkins (1984-1990, seven) and UMBC teams (1998-99, 2006-08, five) have made 12 appearances in the NCAA Championships and he won titles with the Blue Jays in 1984, 1985 and 1987. In 2007, the
He came to UMBC in 1994, and in 1997 UMBC was the most improved team in the nation turning a 3-9 record the previous year into a 9-3 mark. In 1998, the Retrievers defeated top-ranked
The Retriever mentor was inducted into the Greater Baltimore chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003. The Retrievers joined the America East Conference in 2004 and have won league titles in two (2006, 2008) of the past three years and won or shared regular season championships in each of the past four seasons. He was named America East Coach of the Year in both 2006 and 2008.
“Don Zimmerman has created a wonderful men’s lacrosse program at UMBC,” Dr. Brown said. “I believe that with his new six-year contract, we will be able to achieve great results in the future. He is the consummate professional and a superb teacher of the game to our student-athletes. Coach Zimmerman does all that we can ask of him and we have the resources in place for a continued high level of success.”
Coach Zimmerman prepped at
He has coached 39 All-Americans in his 22 years, including four at UMBC this past season. The foursome of award winners (defender Bobby Atwell, goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins, midfielder Terry Kimener, attackman Ryan Smith) ties the 1981 and 1999 classes as the most in a single season in the school’s Division I (1981) history.
"Don Zimmerman is one of the nation's top collegiate lacrosse coaches,” Dr. Hrabowski said. “He is a gifted teacher and mentor, and we are delighted he will remain at UMBC, keeping our lacrosse program nationally competitive."
The Zimmerman File
Career Record: 186-110 (.628)
at UMBC: 113-94 (.546)
Year Record School Postseason Accomplishments
1984 14-0 JHU NCAA Champions
1985 13-1 JHU NCAA Champions
1986 10-2 JHU NCAA Tournament appearance
1987 10-3 JHU NCAA Champions
1988 9-2 JHU NCAA Tournament appearance
1989 11-2 JHU NCAA Tournament appearance
1990 6-5 JHU NCAA Tournament appearance
1994 7-7 UMBC
1995 4-9 UMBC
1996 3-9 UMBC
1997 9-3 UMBC
1998 9-5 UMBC NCAA Tournament appearance
1999 11-4 UMBC NCAA Tournament appearance
2000 7-7 UMBC
2001 5-7 UMBC
2002 5-7 UMBC
2003 7-6 UMBC
2004 6-8 UMBC
2005 7-8 UMBC
2006 10-5 UMBC
2007 11-6 UMBC NCAA Tournament quarterfinals
2008 12-4 UMBC
1976 - All-American,
1981 - NCAA Champions,
1982 - NCAA Champions,
1984 - NCAA Champions,
1985 - NCAA Champions,
1987 - NCAA Champions,
2002 - North-South All-Star Classic, Assistant Coach
2003 - Inducted into Greater
Lacrosse Hall of Fame
12 NCAA Tournament appearances
39 All-Americans produced as a head coach