June 11, 2013
The women's lacrosse staff will countdown 101 ways to help you get to know the program before the first team steps foot on campus in August 2013. Go Blue!
Meet Alec Zimmerman:
On June 4, Zimmerman joined the women's lacrosse staff as the director of operations. The 2011 U-M graduate transitioned to the director of operations position after spending two years as the U-M men's and women's lacrosse equipment manager.
37. What attracted you to the women's lacrosse director of operations position?
The opportunity to work closely with the women's lacrosse program as they build the program from the ground up is something that is very exciting to me. Also, the ability to get more involved in the administration of a program at a major Division I athletic department is a great opportunity. Being able to remain a part of the Michigan Lacrosse family, while taking on new responsibilities is an exciting prospect.
36. What was your favorite part about working with the U-M football program as an undergraduate student?
I have a lot of amazing memories from my time with football. Travelling to places like Notre Dame Stadium, Ohio Stadium, and to the bowl games were all very cool experiences. But my favorite part was being a small part of such a large and storied program. I worked a lot of long hours, but coming down the tunnel on Saturday afternoon was the reward for the late nights spent doing laundry. Most importantly, working with the football program gave me my start with Michigan Athletics. I look forward to making more great memories with the women's lacrosse program.
35. What did you learn from working with the new men's lacrosse program that will help build the women's lacrosse program?
Working with the men's program through their first years was invaluable for me. One of the most important things the men's program has been working to do is to establish their culture and traditions -- something that is so important at Michigan. Fritz Crisler said, "Tradition is something you can't bottle. You can't buy it at the corner store. But it is there to sustain you when you need it most. I've called upon it time and time again. And so have countless other Michigan athletes and coaches. There is nothing like it. I hope it never dies." Our great athletic tradition is one of the things that separate Michigan from other schools, and establishing that tradition with a new program is extremely important to the long term success of Michigan Lacrosse.
I enjoy spending my free time with my wife. We like to go "up north" and go boating, biking, and do other outdoor activities. I am also an avid golfer.