Rodney Zimmerman played collegiate basketball at UCLA and professional basketball in the NBA (for the Detroit Pistons) and overseas. Retiring from basketball in 2000, Mr. Zimmerman helped 250 students at Manual Arts High School to believe in success by believing in self. Designing clubs and programs, Mr. Zimmerman was able to help 87% of those students go on to a higher education at university, trade school, or technical colleges. For the past eleven years, he has been working in leadership development with student athletes.
In 2004, Mr. Zimmerman started his company, Conditioned Minds, to work with young people (primarily student-athletes) to train the body and mind to coordinate process over outcome. In addition, Mr. Zimmerman has implemented curricula in Stone Mountain schools and Montessori School classes, and he has developed and coordinated athletic mentorship programs in Atlanta area middle and high schools. Mr. Zimmerman is a popular guest speaker, reaching audiences at the Atlanta Hall of Fame, in churches, schools, youth forums, and elsewhere. Mr. Zimmerman travels extensively during the summer to host camps and clinics.
Mr. Zimmerman is the Athletic Director at Academe of the Oaks. His philosophy and approach to athletic training supports the mission of the school. He asks for discipline and sportsmanship while building confidence and meeting the needs of the whole human being, body, soul and spirit.