John Zimmerman named Parker AD
JANESVILLE—John Zimmerman figures he's got the best of both worlds.
On Thursday, Zimmerman was named Janesville Parker's athletics director. He replaces longtime AD Joe Dye, who retired after the 2016-17 school year.
Zimmerman will remain in charge of Parker's highly successful Distributive Education Club of America program, also known as DECA. He's also the instructional manager of the business and marketing department and will continue to teach two business and marketing classes.
Now he's adding administrative duties, as well, for a school that offers 22 athletics programs.
"I'm so excited to be taking on a new role, but also pleased to be able to keep teaching because I love being in the classroom," Zimmerman said. "I've been at Parker for 24 years and have got a lot of pride in this school.
"I'm not looking to come in and change things up drastically. I have a lot of respect for what Joe did, and I know he's going to be a valuable resource for me down the road. I just want to come in and learn as much I can, look around and continue to build on the sense of community at Parker High School."
Zimmerman served as Parker's co-head boys golf coach with Ron Cramer from 1994 to 2001 and head coach from 2012 to 2014. He was also head girls golf coach from 1995 to 2010.
Zimmerman is a co-founder of the Janesville Basketball Association and served on its board from 2011 to 2017.
“John brings a strong leadership and customer service background to his new role," Parker Principal Chris Laue said. "I am excited to draw upon his classroom expertise to help market Viking athletics to our students and community.
"We are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge, experience and skills move into this role,” Laue said.
Zimmerman graduated in 1989 from Dodgeville High School and in 1993 from UW-Stout.
He said Janesville is the perfect place to raise a family.
"What I love about Janesville and about being at Parker is that there are so many opportunities for kids," Zimmerman said. "I don't care if it's athletics, fine arts or whatever your interests are, both high schools offer so much diversity and opportunities to grow and develop as a student.
"I'm honored to being taking on this new role and look forward to continuing to build on what is a great athletics program at Parker High School."
Last updated: 10:43 am Thursday, August 10, 2017