Courtesy of Centre Athletics
ATLANTA (July 27, 2018) – Following a nationwide search, Grant Zimmerman has been named the new head men's lacrosse coach at Centre.
Zimmerman becomes the third head man in the program's history, joining the Colonels from his most recent three-year stint at Denison.
"I am excited and honored to serve as the head men's lacrosse coach at Centre College," Zimmerman said. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Brad Fields along with the entire search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity to lead this program. I owe a great deal of gratitude to coach Mike Caravana for his guidance the past three years at Denison and to the continued support of my wife."
"We are very excited to welcome Grant Zimmerman to Centre," said Fields. "Grant brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Centre, both as a standout Division I goalie at North Carolina and as a coach. His most recent three-year stint as an assistant at Denison saw the program rise to new heights, including an NCAA Final Four appearance.
"While his lacrosse pedigree is undeniable, his character and ability to mentor young men ultimately make him a great fit for Centre College. We are thrilled to have him and his wife, Mattie, join the Colonel family."
During his three seasons with Denison, Zimmerman helped the Big Red reach three NCAA Tournaments, including a national semifinal appearance in 2017. The Big Red won the NCAC Tournament each of his three seasons and was a mainstay in the top 25.
A defensive coordinator and goalie coach, Zimmerman helped Denison finish with a top-eight goals-against average twice. In 2016, the Big Red had a Division III-best 6.29 adjusted goals-against average.
Zimmerman was a four-year starter between the pipes for the University of North Carolina between 2006-09. As a junior, he was named a USILA All-American and was included on the Tewaarton Trophy watch list (awarded annually to the top player in college lacrosse).
In 2009, Zimmerman was the team captain and a Lowes Senior Class Award finalist. He was named to the ACC Lacrosse All-Academic team for the second time and was the winner of the Davy Award for senior leadership. Prior to graduation, Zimmerman was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the men's lacrosse program.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts at UNC, Zimmerman played internationally as a member of the Netherlands men's national team. He played in two European Lacrosse Championships (2008, 2012) and was the team captain of the Netherlands at the World Lacrosse Championships in 2010.
His early coaching experience includes work at The Gilman School in Baltimore, three seasons at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, Pa., and a season at John Carroll, where he was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the Blue Streaks.
Zimmerman continued: "Centre lacrosse will be a program built on family, discipline, hard work, and accountability. My goal is to create an elite environment in our pursuit to be the best version of ourselves. We will grow every day on the field, in the classroom, and within the community."
Centre is coming off a 7-8 season and is seeking its first winning campaign since finishing 11-5 as SAA runner-up in 2016.