Athletics Coaching Staff
Keith Zimmer
University of Nebraska Athletics
Coach Info:
Position: University of Nebraska Athletics
Other Position: Senior Associate A.D./Life Skills & N Club
Phone: (402) 472-4616

In his 30th year serving Nebraska Athletics, Keith Zimmer leads Nebraska's Life Skills unit within the department. He also serves as the sports administrator for the swimming and diving team, as well as the men's and women's golf programs. He also oversees all components of Nebraska's Letterwinners N Club. Zimmer also supervises and directs the department’s diversity and inclusion initiatives for student-athletes and staff within the Life Skills program. In addition, Zimmer works closely with the College of Business Administration coordinating efforts with the Masters in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Program.

Zimmer, who started at Nebraska in 1987, carries 29 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 alumni student-athletes.

Components of the Husker Life Skills program include individual student-athlete meetings, major life skills events, the Husker Life Seminar, community outreach, graduate school assistance and postgraduate scholarships. Life Skills annually coordinates an Involvement Fair, Student-Athlete Career Fair, Networking Night, the Senior Celebration, Night at the Lied recognition banquet, Diversity and Inclusion and Post-Eligibility Opportunities.

Zimmer, who worked in Nebraska's Academic and Support Services area from 1987 to 2006, while pioneering Nebraska's Life Skills program, 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 oversees 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.