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College Spotlight: ABU's Greg Zimmerman Enters League of His Own

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Coaching has become a fluent line of work. Rarely do you see coaches staying at one school for more than five years. But Alderson Broaddus and Greg Zimmerman have bucked the trend. Zimmerman has become Battler Basketball.

"When I interviewed for the job, talking to J.D. and that -- I thought, you know, they've got scholarships there. They've got to have good players and that. The conference has always been good. I had always wanted to do this. So I thought this would be a great challenge and something I wanted to do. But after the first practice, I got here and I said, I don't know what I'm getting myself into," Zimmerman said.

What has transpired since then, is currently the winningest coach in Division-II Men's College Basketball.

When Greg Zimmerman walked through the doors at Alderson Broaddus in 2001, he was just hoping to build a competitive program. 13 years, 300 wins and nine NCAA Tournament appearances later, Coach Zimmerman isn't thinking about hanging it up quite yet. In his own words, the competitive fire is still burning. Which means you can expect to see him on the sideline for the foreseeable future.

"I just take it one year at a time," he added. "I still enjoy the on-court and coaching part of the game and the competition. I think that's why coaches coach. Most of us were players at one time, so that competitiveness is still burning there."

ABU does not want to see him go anywhere. Zimmerman was named the G-MAC Coach of the Year on Tuesday, along with Adam Kline being named Player of the Year. Not to mention, the Battlers are the top seed and will host the conference tournament this week.

"He's the reason why a lot of the guys on the team came here," Battlers senior center Adam Kline said. "He's one of the winningest coaches in Division-II and maybe NCAA history. So he's a great coach and he knows what he's talking about."

"I never thought I'd be here for 13 years. I thought I'd be here for a year or two and then move on, and maybe even get out of coaching. But it's been 13 really good years. I love the community and I love the people around here. I'm more of a country guy so it's a good fit for me, too. So I've been very blessed," Zimmerman said.