Freedom names Zimmerman as boys basketball coach

Freedom names Zimmerman as boys basketball coach
Posted on 06/17/2019

Morganton, NC – Monday, June 17, 2019


Freedom High School Principal Casey Rogers announces Clint Zimmerman is slated to be the Patriots new boys basketball coach. Zimmerman has 11 years of teaching and coaching experience at Freedom. Zimmerman grew up in Burke County and graduated from Freedom High School in 2003. He played basketball and baseball at Freedom as well as in college at Roanoke College, where he majored in history.   


Zimmerman met with the Freedom boys basketball team today. He said, “The easiest part about this transition is the culture has already been established. We have a great group of returners that know what being a part of this program means. Our expectations are pretty simple: be on time, be prepared, never criticize a teammate and represent Freedom on and off the court.”


Before accepting the position, Zimmerman said he talked with his wife, Becca, and the Freedom coaching staff. He said, “My first reaction was to talk with my wife and make sure this was something that would be good for our family, for me her support and her thoughts and concerns were the most important factor in the whole process. My next reaction was to reach out to Coach Shade, Coach Noyes, and Coach Scott and make sure that those guys were going to stay on board. They all do such a great job and make such a difference in the program. I think Coach Rogers will be the first one to tell you that we couldn't have accomplished the things we have over the years without them.”


Zimmerman follows Rogers as head boys basketball coach. Rogers, who coached for 13 years, was named principal at Freedom on May 31. Zimmerman said he learned a lot from working under Rogers and looks forward to continuing the tradition of Patriot Pride. He said, “I have been very fortunate to work for Coach Rogers; he has poured so much of himself into this program and all the young men that have come through over the past 13 years. Working under someone that has been as successful as he has been and continues to be, teaches you a lot about the importance of organization, preparation and developing relationships with the young men in the locker room. But honestly, I think the most important lesson that I have learned as a player and as a coach is the Freedom basketball program is not and has never been about one person, it’s much bigger than that. ‘Patriot Pride’ is a real, tangible thing that was created 45-plus years ago and something that we will continue to build upon.” 


Zimmerman is the son of John and Kathie Zimmerman, the grandson of Betty Daniels and son-in-law of Bryan and Alani Curtis. He and his wife, Becca, a counselor at Mountain View Elementary School, have three children, Luke, Will and Emma. Zimmerman said outside of school he loves spending time with his family. He said, “This job takes a lot of time away from my family and puts a lot of extra responsibilities on my wife. So my biggest hobby is spending time with them. We like to get together with my parents and my in-laws and grill out or put together a big meal on the weekends and play with the kids. Becca has been unbelievable supportive, and I could not take on this job without her. She knows how much Freedom basketball means to me and she is proud to be a part of the Freedom family. Luke, Will and Emma love coming to the games and they, along with my parents are my biggest supporters.”   


Rogers said, “Coach Zimmerman is a natural choice to lead the mens basketball team here at Freedom and to continue on with the great tradition that is Freedom basketball. I am excited about him taking the helm. He has a great vision for the program and a passion for students to succeed on and off the court.”

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