In his 25th year serving Nebraska Athletics, Keith Zimmer leads Nebraska's Life Skills unit within the department.
Zimmer, who started at Nebraska in 1987, carries 24 years of life skills and student services experience and provides support to all current Nebraska student-athletes in addition to providing life skills guidance to former student-athletes.
Components of the Husker Life Skills program include individual student-athlete meetings, major life skills events, facilitation of two zero-credit seminars, community outreach, graduate school assistance and postgraduate scholarships. Life Skills annually coordinates an Involvement Fair, Student-Athlete Career Fair, Networking Night, Senior Retreat and Leadership Breakfast.
Zimmer, who worked in Nebraska's Academic and Support Services area from 1988 to 2006, is regarded as a national leader in the life skills area. He received one of the top honors in college athletics in September of 2006, when he was chosen for the Dr. Gene Hooks Award as the Life Skills Administrator of the Year. Zimmer has also served as an NCAA Life Skills trainer and is active with the National Consortium for Academics and Sport.
Zimmer continues to serve as the advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and remains active in the Ventures In Partnership program, where student-athletes are integrated into various outreach initiatives with Lincoln Public Schools. Zimmer also pioneered the annual "School is Cool" Jam, which reached more than 100,000 middle-level students in the 12-year existence of the event.
He is an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and Mortar Board and has received the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Service to Students.
Zimmer earned his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State College and his master’s in education from Springfield (Mass.) College. Zimmer and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Logan and Caden.