ROCHESTER HILLS, MI- On Friday, July 15th, Rochester College Athletic Director Klint Pleasant announced the hiring of head women's softball coach Jane Zimmerman.
Zimmerman begins her first year as the Rochester College head softball coach after assisting Sunny Jones at the University of Detroit Mercy. "Jane is a very energetic and focused person," commented Coach Jones. "She is always positive and was a great person to work with. I am sure she is going to be a great asset to Rochester College."
Prior to coaching at U of D, Zimmerman was the interim head softball coach at Oakland University after she assumed an assistant role for two seasons.
Before coaching at the college level, Zimmerman served as a head coach in the Petoskey Softball Association for 10 years and was president of the league from 2004-08. She was also in charge of the BASES (Bay Area Substance Education Services) from 2006-08.
After graduating from Hillsdale High School where she earned varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, and softball in which she was honored as the Most Valuable Player in all three, Zimmerman accepted a scholarship to Northwood University in Midland, MI.
While at Northwood, Zimmerman played catcher and third base earning three varsity letters. She earned All-District honors in her junior season.
Athletic Director Klint Pleasant is very optimistic about Zimmerman. "Coach Zimmerman impressed me during the interview process," said Coach Pleasant.
"Most importantly, she expressed her appreciation for the fact that we are a faith-based school. Everyone I spoke with about her had very positive things to say, including personnel from both University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University. Her previous experience at the collegiate level will be a real benefit to our softball players and program. In addition, she has the advantage of having been a successful collegiate softball player herself. I'm excited that she has joined our athletic staff and look forward to watching her lead our softball program."
Zimmerman resides in Waterford, MI with her husband Doug Zimmerman.