Nick Zimmerman is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Columbus State University women’s soccer program in 2016-17.

Zimmerman’s impact on the Lady Cougars was immediately felt in his first season. The Lady Cougars led the Peach Belt Conference and finished second in the country with a program-record 86 goals scored. CSU won both the PBC regular season and tournament titles on its way to the national championship match.

Zimmerman helped the Lady Cougars rack up accolades, including two All-American awards, five All-Region selections and eight All-Conference nods.

Zimmerman came to Columbus after wrapping up a seven-year professional playing career. He was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft in 2009 after a stellar career at James Madison University. During his seven years, he played for the Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Carolina Railhawks FC of the North American Soccer League and most recently with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the United Soccer League. During the 2012 season, Zimmerman was named to the NASL Best XI after leading the Railhawks and finishing second in the league with 15 goals.

Before playing professionally, Zimmerman was an All-Colonial Athletic Association and All-Region selection at James Madison. Over four years, he scored 13 goals and assisted on 17 more for the Dukes. He graduated from JMU in 2009 with his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Management.

He also played with the United States U-15 National team during his prep career in 2001.

His prior coaching experience comes on the club level as he has worked with the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance, NASL Carolina Railhawks Elite Technique Programs and Florida Soccer Club.

Zimmerman currently holds a USSF “B” License.