LPC Press Room | February 20, 2018

SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Life Pacific College announced the hire of Jonathan Zimmerman, the new head coach for men's and women's cross country and distance track and field. "It is one thing to hire a new coach, but it’s another to hire a legendary coach. That's what we’ve done with our new men’s and women’s cross country and track coach, Jonathan Zimmerman," says Life Pacific College Athletic Director, Tim Cook. "He comes to us from Biola with over a decade of experience in the Golden State Athletic Conference where he took a start up program and turned into a blossoming national champion contender. We are extremely blessed to have him on board as we venture into the NAIA/GSAC.

LPC Coach Jonathan ZimmermanJonathan Zimmerman comes to Life Pacific with 34 years of coaching experience. Zimmerman began as a high school instructor and coach, first in Chicago, and 19 years in Southern California at Orange Lutheran High School. He then served as the head coach for men's and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field as well as an adjunct Kinesiology activities instructor at Biola University from July of 2006 to December of 2014. During that time span, Zimmermann increased the size of the track field roster from 10 to 70 athletes, becoming quite competitive with the GSAC and the NAIA. 

"LPC's new head coach was named GSAC Coach of the Year eight times."

In addition, LPC's new head coach was named GSAC Coach of the Year eight times (women’s cross country- 2007, '10, '12, '13; women’s indoor track 2012 & 2013; and women’s outdoor track 2013 & 2014). In his first eight years at Biola, Zimmerman’s athletes earned 188 All-Conference honors, 113 NAIA All-American honors, 47 individual conference championships, 12 individual national championships, five national track and field MVPs and one NAIA tournament most outstanding.

Zimmerman earned his MS. Ed. with an emphasis in coaching and biomechanics from Northern Illinois University in 1985. He graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska, majoring in business education and physical education. He is married to his wife Sharon (a two-time NAIA All-American). Together they have two sons.

To contact Coach Zimmerman:
 jzimmerman@lifepacific.edu   |   (714) 423-0452