Not too long ago, Walker Zimmerman opted to leave Furman University early to launch an MLS career. Turns out, though, he wasn't done with college life.
In a feature last week on the NCAA website, Zimmerman discusses how he met Jorden and the challenges of shifting from the role of player to coach.
Congrats to Bruin alums @ReggieCannon15, Jackson Yueill, and current volunteer assistant Walker Zimmerman (@thewalkerzim) on receiving #USMNT call-ups for next month's matches against Mexico and Uruguay! #GoBruins https://t.co/GTpCh7Qq09— UCLA Men's Soccer (@UCLAMSoccer) August 28, 2019
“I understand things, concepts, ideas," Zimmerman said. "But now it's a different challenge of how do I get those ideas and concepts across to a player? That's something that I've always wanted to continue to challenge myself to do.
“Keep learning, keep evolving, so that down the road when the time comes and maybe I do go into coaching. Now, I'm not unprepared.”
If Zimmerman went on to become an MLS coach, he wouldn't be the first to do so after serving as a volunteer assistant at a nearby college during his playing days. Current D.C. United manager Ben Olsen volunteered his time at American University while recovering from injury during the 2002-03 academic year.
You can check out the full story on Zimmerman here.