Mike Zimmer is an American football head coach who currently coaches National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. He has also served as a defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, and Cincinnati Bengals in the past. The son of former NFL player Bill Zimmer, his got his first dose of inspiration from his father. Zimmer was a successful multi-sport athlete in high school where he earned all-conference honors in baseball, wrestling, and football. Following his graduation from high school, he attended Illinois State University and majored in physical education. His first coaching job was at the University of Missouri, where he served as a part-time defensive assistant. Zimmer joined National Football League in 1994, initially assisting the Dallas Cowboys. Today, he is much respected as a fine football coach who has the ability to bring out the best in enthusiastic football players.
From 1979 to 1980, Mike Zimmer worked at his first coaching job as a part-time defensive assistant at the prestigious University of Missouri. He then went on to join Weber State College in 1981, initially serving as the inside linebackers coach and later shifting to the defensive backs coach, and eventually the defensive coordinator. He left Weber State College in 1988. From 1989-93, Zimmer served as the defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator at the Washington State Cougars.
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Family & Personal Life
Michael “Mike” Zimmer was born on June 5, 1956, in Peoria, Illinois, to former NFL player Bill Zimmer. He studied at Lockport Township High School and later majored in physical education from Illinois State University.
Zimmer's wife, Vikki, passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2009. His father died in August 2015, at the age of 84. The football coach has three children, Marki, Corri, and Adam.