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April 3, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU’s Doug Zimmerman earns Erie hall of fame honor

ERIE, Pa. – Doug Zimmerman, a 1972 Slippery Rock University bachelor of science physical education graduate and a 1973 physical education master’s degree graduate, will be among 11 new members of the Metropolitan Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Currently director of student living at Gannon University, Zimmerman previously served as an assistant athletic director at the school.

As a student-athlete, he was a standout performer in baseball, basketball and soccer at East High School in Erie. After starting his collegiate career at Penn State’s Behrend campus in Erie, Zimmerman transferred to Slippery Rock University, where he was a two-sport athlete.

Zimmerman, a 1998 inductee into the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame, earned NAIA All-America honors after leading The Rock basketball team to the PSAC-Western Division championship in 1972. Six years later, in 1977-78 while serving as head men’s basketball coach, he led SRU to a 19-14 win-loss record and its first-ever NCAA playoff appearance. Zimmerman coached The Rock basketball team for four seasons (1975-79).

He also excelled as a baseball player at SRU and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had his professional playing career cut short by a knee injury sustained in his first season.

The June 26 induction will be at the Zem Zem Shrine. Tickets are $30.

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