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Janesville Parker's Keara Richards tees off on the 13th hole during the Crusade For A Cure girls golf tournament, hosted by Madison Edgewood and held at Maple Bluff Country Club on Monday, August 31, 2015 in Maple Bluff, Wisconsin

Greg Dixon

Janesville Parker named John Zimmerman as its new athletic director Thursday, according to a Janesville Gazette report.

Zimmerman replaces Joe Dye, the longtime athletic director who retired after last school year.

Zimmerman, who’s been at Parker for 24 years, has had stints coaching boys and girls golf. He was boys golf co-coach with Ron Cramer from 1994-2001 and was head coach from 2012-14 and was head girls golf coach from 1995-2010, according to the Gazette.

Zimmerman also will stay in charge of the DECA program. Zimmerman, instructional manager of the business and marketing department, will continue to teach two business and marketing classes, according to the report.

He is a Dodgeville High School graduate (1989) and University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate (1993).

Dye, a former head coach for football at Parker, is a football assistant for the Vikings' program led by coach Clayton Kreger. 

In case you missed it: Catching up on basketball coaching news

Jay Benish left Jefferson and was named the boys basketball coach in July at Oconomowoc, according to a release from the Oconomowoc Area School District.

Benish replaced Kurt Melton. Benish will be a science teacher at Silver Lake Intermediate School.

Benish was the boys basketball coach at Jefferson for the past 10 years. He also was an assistant basketball coach at Viterbo University from 2003-07.

Tim Richert was named the Beloit Memorial boys basketball coach this spring, replacing Jay Bryant, who retired.

Richert had been head coach at Young Coggs Prep in Milwaukee and led that team to the WIAA Division 5 boys state basketball tournament title in 2015.

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