SPARKS, Md. — Former UMBC Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Don Zimmerman is amongst nine new inductees to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, following approval by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors.
The Class of 2017 will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, September 23, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
The other inductees are: Doug Knight, Leslie Blankin Lane, Jim McDonald, Laurette Payette, Casey Powell, Jill Johnson Redfern, Brooks Sweet and Robyn Nye Wood.
Zimmerman, who will be inducted as a truly great coach, becomes the third inductee with UMBC ties to earn the prestigious honor. George McGeeney, '82 was inducted as a truly great player in 2002 and Dick Watts was inducted as a truly great contributor in 2008.
His collegiate coaching career spanned across five decades, 1978-2016, and included four stops as an assistant coach and two as a head coach. He won three NCAA national championships (1984, 1985, 1987) in seven seasons as the head coach at Johns Hopkins, amassing a 73-15 record.
Zimmerman took over the UMBC program from Watts in the fall of 1993 and would lead UMBC to unprecedented heights in men's lacrosse. In May of 1998, the Retrievers defeated top-ranked Maryland, 12-8, which propelled UMBC to its first of back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances as an at-large team. He then piloted the Retrievers to four consecutive NCAA Division I tournament appearances from 2006-09, including the program's lone appearance in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in 2007.
The 1976 Johns Hopkins graduate also served as an assistant coach for the gold medal winning Team USA in 1986. He received numerous coaching honors during his career, including the America East Conference's Coach of the Year Award three times and the Hero's Coach of the Year Award in 1984. He was the recipient of the IMLCA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Zimmerman has been previously inducted into three other halls of fame, including most recently, the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Tickets for the 2017 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, sponsored by RPS Bollinger and the Markel Insurance Company, will be available to the public for purchase beginning August 1. Tickets will be sold online at uslacrosse.org/HOF.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. Over 400 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located alongside the National Lacrosse Museum at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.