(April 19, 2011) You never know when opportunity will knock. For Brice Zimmerman, it was during a skiing trip. The call led to Zimmerman’s new job as a broadcasting and multimedia assistant with the Fort Myers Miracle.
The Miracle is the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
When Zimmerman saw the job posted as a stealth position on the STAA job forum, he immediately submitted his application, including his STAA Talent Page and a link to his online graphic design portfolio. Many weeks passed before he finally heard from the team.
“I was driving up a mountain on a mini ski trip and got a call from Steve Gliner the GM,” Zimmerman says. Gliner and Zimmerman played phone tag but finally did speak and Zimmerman was eventually offered the position. However, before accepting, Zimmerman and his wife made a weekend road trip from their home in South Carolina to Fort Myers to be sure the city was a good fit. They liked what they saw.
Zimmerman moves to Florida from Newberry, SC where he spent the past four years broadcasting play-by-play for NCAA Division II Newberry College. He also worked in the college’s Sports Information office, where he honed the graphic design and video skills that impressed the Miracle.
“One of the things I’m most excited about the [Miracle] job is the video content aspect,” Zimmerman says. “I feel like a have a creative yearning. To be able to put together pieces on the team and get to know the players and relay that information to the fans is part of the job I am really excited about.”
Zimmerman is also looking forward to the broadcasting.
“The ability to go from D2 athletics to high-A pro baseball is a tremendous opportunity to get my foot in the door of pro baseball and maybe streamline by path in broadcasting. At D2 I was doing multiple sports. Now I can concentrate on baseball specific.”
Zimmerman appreciates STAA’s assistance.
“Your advice and the services of the website have been very helpful,” he says.
(Visit Brice’s STAA Talent Page).