Zimmermann hired as director of athletics
The face of Lake Erie College athletics is changing with the addition of new sports and an exploratory year to reclassify to Division II status underway. Gilbert “Griz” Zimmermann has been selected to lead the charge as new director of athletics at the College.
With 23 years of experience in athletics, Zimmermann has performed every task from designing and implementing workout programs to leading compliance of NCAA rules. He served as a fitness center director and strength and conditioning coach before taking the position of assistant athletic director at Southern Methodist University for seven years. Most recently he served as director of athletics at both Gannon University and Saginaw Valley State University.
“We were very eager to have Griz join the campus community. He brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the keys to a successful Division II athletic program as well as the necessary structure to foster student-athlete success,” said President Michael T. Victor.
Zimmermann said, “Great things are happening at Lake Erie College and I look forward to being a part of the new endeavors the College is undertaking. The athletics program has seen great success in recent years and I am passionate about helping to take Storm athletics to the next level.”
Zimmermann’s first priority for Storm athletics will be the welfare of student-athletes, both for the immediate as well as the long term. He also has experience in coordinating fundraising events and drawing alumni support.
A former athlete himself, Zimmermann played football for the University of Michigan under CoachGlenn “Bo” Schembechler, where he earned both a bachelor of science degree in physical education and a master of science degree in exercise physiology.
Previously serving in the United States Navy, Zimmerman is a native of St. Louis, Miss., and has four children, Sydney (14), Matthew (12), Harper (8) and Paden (6).