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Don Zimmerman to be inducted into lacrosse HOF

Don Zimmerman will be one of 10 inductees into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017.

Legendary lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman is amongst nine people who will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 23, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.

Zimmerman will be inducted as a truly great coach after a coaching career that spanned five decades from 1978 to 2016. Zimmerman was an Honorable Mention All-American Midfielder at Johns Hopkins before moving into coaching. He worked with Johns Hopkins’ B Squad before becoming an assistant at Princeton, then working at North Carolina and Johns Hopkins before becoming the Blue Jays’ head man in 1984.

As the head coach of his Alma Mater, Zimmerman quickly established himself as one of the premier coaches in the country. The Blue Jays went undefeated and won a National Championship just his first year, and followed it up with a 13-1 season with another National Championship. Zimmerman’s Blue Jays claimed three national titles in his first four seasons and went to the NCAA Tournament ever year of his seven-season tenure.

Zimmerman complied a 73-15 record at Johns Hopkins before leading the program in 1990. Zimmerman then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola but returned to become the head coach at UMBC, where he built them from the ground up over 23 seasons.

The Retrievers went to six NCAA Tournaments and won three America East Championships. They went to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in 2007. The Retrievers earned rankings as high as No. 4 in the country during Zimmerman’s tenure.

Over his entire head coaching career, Zimmerman compiled a 233-161 coaching record and has long been regarded as one of the very best teachers of lacrosse in the history of the sport, whose fingerprint has been put all over as he coached and mentored many of the coaches in the game today. Zimmerman was the recipient of the IMLCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Doug Knight, Leslie Blankin Lane, Jim McDonald, Laurette Payette, Casey Powell, Jim Johnson Redfern, Brooks Sweet and Robyn Nye Wood.

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