ABU’s Zimmerman records 300th coaching victory

PHILIPPI – Tuesday’s 69-60 win over Salem International was a historic one not just because of G-MAC tournament implications for Alderson Broaddus, but head coach Greg Zimmerman recorded his 300th victory.

“I’d like to offer congratulations on a tremendous milestone,” said Dennis Creehan, director of athletics at AB.

“After being here three years and watching him work, I can see why he has been so successful. I look forward to seeing him win 300 more games.”

Zimmerman, the school’s winningest coach behind the legendary Rex Pyles, joined the Battler family in 2001 and has left his mark on one of West Virginia’s most successful college basketball programs.

He led the Battlers to WVIAC titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008, and guided the blue and gold to their first-ever G-MAC regular-season title this season. He holds a .754 winning percentage and a 300-98 overall record.

The Battlers made NCAA Division II Tournament appearances nine consecutive seasons under Zimmerman and were five-time WVIAC Regular Season Champions.

Former AB Director of Athletics JD Long hired Zimmerman prior to the 2001-02 season after long-time coach Brett Vincent departed.

Long said that he is proud of the choice.

“I knew what I was getting when I hired Greg,” Long said. “He demands perfection and you can see that in his teams. He teaches fundamental basketball and discipline. AB is so glad to have him here.”

Zimmerman was a two-time WVIAC Coach of the Year (2006 and 2007) and has developed three All-Americans, one WVIAC Player of the Year, three WVIAC Neal Baisi Award winners, 16 First Team All-WVIAC selections and two WVIAC Freshman of the Year winners.

Dr. James Daddysman, the “Voice of the Battlers” for over 20 years, believes that Zimmerman has left his mark on the program and the young men he has molded over the years.

“Greg is the quintessential coach,” Daddysman said. “He knows the game inside and out and teaches it thoroughly to his players.

“His offensive and defensive systems win games. He is a dedicated Christian who exhibits the highest personal standards to his players and to all with whom he comes in contact.”

AB will visit Davis & Elkins College at 4 p.m. Saturday to conclude the regular season.

The Battlers will then host the G-MAC tournament, which begins Thursday at Rex Pyles Arena.