Bruce Zimmerman is entering his fourth season as the first-ever SVSU Head Swimming and Diving Coach. This season marks the 4th season for the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, and the 3rd season for the Men.
Last season (2016-2017), the teams continued to advance under Zimmerman, at both at the conference and NCAA meets. The teams both finished 4th at the GLIAC Championship, with the women totaling 438 points and the men 354. Cumulatively, the teams notched 26 new program records, 79 personal best times, 24 NCAA “B” times and the program’s first ever GLIAC Champion. Five individual swimmers and four relay teams qualified to compete at the Division II NCAA Championship meet, where they raced to 25th place with 32 points (including one top 8 finish and 3 top 16 finishes). The season concluded with four athletes earning CSCAA Scholar All-America honors, one earning Scholar All-America Honorable Mention, and nineteen athletes were recognized by the GLIAC for academic excellence.
The 2015-2016 season was the first for the Men’s Swimming and Diving team, and together with the Women they saw a season record of 7 Wins, 2 Losses. The team advanced to the GLIAC Championships where the women finished an impressive 4th with a tally of 388.5 points, and the men 6th with 293.5 points. Zimmerman coached 3 swimmers to the NCAA Championship Meet, where two earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with their 15th and 13th place finishes. The third placed top 30 in the country in 3 events, and the team garnered 37th place at the end of the competition. In addition, the team received academic honors from both the GLIAC and the CSCAA for excellence in the classroom and in the pool.
The inaugural Lady Cardinals’ season was a success in 2014-2015, with a team of 3 divers and 9 swimmers. Zimmerman coached the team to a regular season record of 7 Wins, 3 Losses, and they finished off the season at the GLIAC Championship Meet with a total of 224 points, which was good for 8th place. One swimmer advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships, where she placed 20th in the nation in two events.
Zimmerman comes to Saginaw Valley from Division I College of Charleston, where he served in the capacity of Head Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Coach and Aquatic Director since September of 1999.
During his 14-year tenure at Charleston, the Cougars set and broke more than 186 men's and women's school records. Zimmerman led the program to five conference championships while at the helm. Once female and two male swimmers posted NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championship qualifying time standards under Zimmerman's direction, the first such feats in the program's history.
Academically, Zimmerman's programs ranked as some of the strongest of the 21 varsity athletic programs at the College of Charleston. During the past 14 years, his women's program posted a 100% graduation rate and the men's program achieved a 97% mark. Additionally, both teams maintained above a 3.0 collective team GPA over the same span.
Prior to his appointment at the College of Charleston, Zimmerman spent nine years as the Assistant Men's Swimming & Diving Coach at Indiana University, a program known for its supremacy in the realm of Swimming & Diving.