Johnson & Wales University is proud to announce that Eric Zimmer has been named Head Coach of the men's soccer program. Zimmer comes to Johnson & Wales after serving as an assistant coach at Elmira College in Elmira, New York.
At Elmira, Zimmer managed player recruiting and retention, practice planning, and game preparation as well as offseason workouts, academic monitoring and budget management. Prior to Elmira, Zimmer served as head coach and college counselor for two seasons at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine. Bridgton Academy is a premier college preparatory school and Zimmer led the Wolverines to their first NEPSAC Class A Quarterfinal in nearly a decade during his first season. His college counselor duties allowed him the opportunity to work with nearly 90 students as an academic monitory and helped them through the college application process.
Zimmer spent one season as an assistant at his alma mater, Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. In this role, he supported the head coach in all aspects of the NCAA Division III program including recruiting, practice planning and game management.
Zimmer graduated from Salve Regina in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. As a player for the Seahawks, his team was a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference Runner-up and earned All-Commonwealth Coast Conference honors during all four seasons. He was selected as a 1st Team All-Region honoree by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
JWU Director of Athletics Tom Byrnes said of Zimmer in his appointment, "we're excited to have Eric join the Wildcat's staff. His enthusiasm for coaching and his passion for the game was evident throughout the search process. With his experience as a coach and player at the NCAA Division III level, he will be an asset to us as we begin our transition to NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference."