Bringing an array of experience from multiple levels, and an intimate knowledge of the local baseball landscape after years of playing in it, Ryan Zimmer joined the Great Lake Canadians program as a roving coach in the fall of 2017.
Zimmer grew up playing for the London Badgers, winning the 2009 triple crown as champions of the elimination round, the provincial round, and nationals. He was also named Baseball Ontario’s Senior Player of the Year that same year, also bringing home a bronze from the Canada Cup with the Ontario Youth Team. The following year, he won bronze at nationals with the Badgers, and in 2011, he earned a scholarship to Lee University, where he played for five years, attending the NAIA World Series in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012, he also attended nationals with the St. Thomas Tomcats, and was named Pitcher of the Year with the Tomcats in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well. In 2013, he also attended nationals with the Windsor Selects, and the following two years he competed at the NCCAA World Series. In 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.
The former player wanted to get involved in the coaching side of the game because of the coaches he’s had along the way. Zimmer’s experience with great coaches had an impact on his career, and he hopes to be able to have an impact on the young players he meets along the way as well. He is grateful to have an opportunity to be able to give back to the game in the community that he was raised in, and believes that he couldn’t have found a better staff to work with, coaching among the calibre of other coaches that the program provides, with experience at every level imaginable. He is happy to work alongside them and excited at the opportunities the organization provides.
Zimmer believes that the Great Lake program is the top organization in Canada, from the coaching staff it boasts to the players it develops, and is excited to be a part of the incredible group. He loves that all the practices bring a high level of intensity and there is always at opportunity to learn at every turn, especially with 10 coaches often at every practice, something not often found. He knows that the program is unique in the coaching that the players receive, the way questions and learning are embraced, and the opportunities that are presented, and is happy to be a part of it.