Wilmington Hammerheads FC forward Nick Zimmerman has announced his retirement from soccer and his plans to join Columbus State University women’s soccer team as an assistant coach.
Zimmerman’s professional career spanned six years, including stints with three different leagues.
“Nick has known for a long time that when his playing career ended he would enter the coaching ranks,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Head Coach Carson Porter. “Knowing this, when he was offered a full-time coaching position, he was forced to make the hard decision to end his playing career and enter the coaching ranks.”
Columbus State is a Division II school located in Columbus, Georgia. The team’s first match of the season is scheduled for Aug. 28.
“There was a tight timeline on the decision because the collegiate season is starting soon,” said Porter. “Nick has decided to take it, and we wish him the very best.”
Zimmerman made 14 appearances during his time with the Hammerheads, tallying three goals overall during the season. He’s the club’s leading scorer this season as Wilmington ranks at the bottom of the USL in goals scored with 12.
Prior to his time in Wilmington, Zimmerman spent four seasons in the North American Soccer League with the Carolina RailHawks. He made 60 appearances and scored 21 goals during that time and was named Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Zimmerman made his professional debut after being drafted in the third round of the 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls. He was later picked up by Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft and loaned to the Harrisburg City Islanders during the 2010 season.