ADRIAN, Mich.--David Zimmerman '73 is the latest two-sport standout to be joining the Adrian College Athletics Hall of Fame. He and along with four other individuals--plus the 2007-08 NCAA men's hockey team--is the latest class of inductees being honored by the Adrian College Athletic Department and Office of Alumni Relations in a dinner ceremony on Friday (6 p.m.) in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities on-campus.
David played football and baseball for the Bulldogs in the early 1970s.
"Thank you to the hall of fame committee for voting me into the Adrian College Athletics Hall of Fame," Zimmerman stated. "Although it has been many years since I put on a football helmet or swung a baseball bat, it's a great honor and I am truly grateful."
David was a three-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association defensive back who helped Adrian to three consecutive conference championships in 1970-71-72. He's also a member of the College's hall of fame with those teams' enshrinement in 2004. Adrian went 12-3 in conference games during that time span. He served as the Bulldogs team captain during his junior and senior years.
"It was a pleasure to play for Coach Bill Davis and the late Coach Tom Heckert," said Zimmerman. "Winning three consecutive MIAA conference championships from 1970 to 1972 was awesome. The coaching staff and my teammates were contributing factors in making me a better on the field and a better person off it."
David posted a season-high three interceptions during MIAA action of his 1971 junior season and helped anchor a defensive unit that led the conference with only 1150 total yards allowed (230. average) in five conference games the previous year.
David also played four years of baseball for Coach Gregg Arbaugh and was voted the team captain during his senior season.
David's greatest memory of his athletic career at Adrian College was winning three football conference titles and playing with his older brother, Johnny--a Vietnam veteran--for two seasons. He was grateful to this father who watched him play in every game. "My father instilled the hard work attitude to make me a better person."
These days, David is a retired school teacher in the Cassopolis Public School system and resides in Niles. He also coached high school football and baseball at Cassopolis for 30 years. The 1973 graduate from the College still enjoys being active playing golf and bowling.
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