Athletics Coaching Staff
Keith Zimmer
University of Nebraska Athletics
Coach Info:
Position: University of Nebraska Athletics
Other Position: Senior Associate AD - Life Skills
Phone: (402) 472-4616

Keith Zimmer has been and Nebraska for over 30 years and leads Nebraska's Life Skills unit within the department. He also serves as the sports administrator for the swimming and diving team, men's and women's golf programs and the men's and women's tennis teams.

Zimmer also oversees student-athlete transition and retention, is the liaison to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Big Ten Sports Management Committee, Nebraska's post eligibility opportunities program and 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 30 years of life skills and student services experience and provides support to all current Nebraska student-athletes, in addition to offering ongoing support, guidance and programming 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, service abroad opportunities, Post-Eligibility Opportunities (PEO), graduate school assistance and postgraduate scholarships. Zimmer and his staff also play a major role in the success of the annual student-athlete achievement event, “A Night at the Lied.”

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. He has also received the Chancellor's Award for Exemplary Service to Students and has been named an honorary member of both Golden Key National Honor Society and Mortar Board at UNL.  

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.