Former West Albany High coach Todd Zimmermann has been named the new men’s basketball coach at Linn-Benton Community College.
Zimmermann previously served as an assistant at Linn-Benton under head coach Everett Hartman and was a finalist for the head coaching job three years ago.
Mark Majeski, director of athletics at Linn-Benton, said the school went through a comprehensive recruitment process for the position and identified four finalists. He thinks Zimmermann is the right fit for the Roadrunners.
“Especially now, given where our program is at with some of the rebuilding that we need to do both at the basketball level and in the community, he’s the perfect fit,” Majeski said. “He is very well liked, he is very respected in the community. Can definitely lead. He’s built programs, so he’s well-connected across the state with other high school and college coaches, so that was really a no-brainer this time around.
Zimmermann began his teaching and coaching career at Pendleton High and served as the boys’ varsity coach at West Albany High from 2007 to 2015. The Bulldogs placed sixth in the 5A State Tournament in 2013 and third in 2014.
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Zimmermann then served as an associate head coach under Hartman at Linn-Benton for three seasons until Hartman’s retirement in 2019. It was a role reversal for the coaches as Hartman had been on Zimmermann’s staff at West Albany.
Zimmermann said this offer came at the right time for him and his family.
“I had the opportunity to come here and spend those three years with Everett and when that opportunity ended it was a great time to spend time with my family and be at all the events I could. Now the family is ready for me to go back to doing what they know I love to do,” Zimmermann said.
Zimmermann believes his time as an assistant at Linn-Benton helped prepare him for the job. He knows the Northwest Athletic Conference, has gained experience in recruiting and has developed an appreciation for the high quality of these programs.
“There are guys in this league who can coach. They have been doing it for a long time and doing it well. I tried to be the biggest sponge possible,” Zimmermann said of his time as an assistant.
Zimmermann will continue to teach at West Albany and he thanked the Linn-Benton administration for allowing him to continue his teaching and coaching career.
His goal is to bring the men’s basketball program up to the level of the other three teams on campus, which have had a very successful year.
“I see a ton of potential. I see a place that has an administration that wants you to succeed. I see a place that builds really strong programs. The volleyball program is outstanding, the baseball program is outstanding, the women’s basketball program is on the rise and so I think this is an absolute opportunity to wait for someone to come along and take advantage of this opportunity said Zimmermann.