WAUKESHA – A former UW-Waukesha student is headed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, this summer for what he hopes is the first step toward his dream of being head coach of a Division 1 college football team.
Dylian Nimmer, who attended UW-Waukesha from 2012 to 2014, will serve as a football recruiting intern for the Rebels. A 2011 graduate of Waukesha North High School, Nimmer, 21, was a college ambassador at UW-Waukesha.
UW-Waukesha Dean/CEO Harry Muir said every once in a while in his position, he comes in contact with a student whose drive and commitment to a specific goal sends him a clear message that he or she will make it despite the odds. Nimmer, he said, is such an individual.
“When I first met Dylian, I was surprised at how mature his manner and level of conversation were and how goal-directed he was,” Muir said. “When I met him the next time to discuss his goals, I was astonished at how well he had done his homework and how he had anticipated the steps that would need to be taken to reach his goal.”
Muir said he when he talks to driven students such as Nimmer he always tries to point them toward successful people who have overcome challenges to achieve similar goals.
“The current head coach of the Memphis University basketball team, Josh Pastner, is just such a young man,” he said. “When he was a student-athlete as a member of the University of Arizona basketball team, he was driven to be a successful basketball coach someday. He was not a starter, in fact he rarely played, but he decided he wanted to become a coach and learn from the best (then coach Lute Olson). He worked night and day at realizing his dream, having earned a master’s degree in four years while spending hour after hour working with other players doing the things an assistant coach would do, and look where it got him. Dylian is following a similar path. It wouldn’t surprise me to see his name someday as the head coach of a Division 1 football team.”
Nimmer took time recently to talk about his coaching aspirations and time at UW-Waukesha:
Can you tell us about your internship job and what you will be doing? Well, when I get to Vegas this July, I will be assisting the coaching staff, and recruiting effort in any and every way possible. I will have the opportunity to soak up and learn everything about being in a college football division 1 program. I will also have a chance to earn the opportunity to travel to every away game with the team to places like Hawaii, Arizona, California and more, as well as going to all of the home games. I will have the opportunity to sit in on coaches meetings, watch game film, learn recruiting at the highest college football level, learn how to organize and run practices, prepare for games and much, much more. This is honestly such an exciting opportunity because it affords me the chance to not only learn everything that goes into being a division 1 college football coach, but it also provides me a foot in the door or a seat at the table so to say. This time at UNLV will allow me to gain the experience needed to continue on the path of becoming a head football coach at the Division 1 level someday.
In what ways do you think UW-Waukesha has prepared you for your career and the future? I think UW-Waukesha prepared me for my future by showing me that no matter where you start from, when you get to the university, you have the opportunity to shine and excel. I went from someone who barely made the cut to getting accepted into the university, to becoming a campus ambassador and having the blessing of representing the university to prospective students and parents.
What do you remember about your time here? Any specific experiences or people stand out looking back? There are way too many people to list that helped me in my time at UW-Waukesha, but the two that stand out the absolute most in my time are Judy Becker, and Dean Muir. Judy Becker has been there since day one and has been a go-to person for every single question I have had regarding anything. She has gone above and beyond her job title to assist and be there for me, when not many people have been. I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done and continues to do. Dean Muir also stands out in my mind, specifically because of a conversation we had before I left for Las Vegas and met with UNLV. He told me a story about Coach Josh Pastner, a basketball coach at the University of Memphis. I knew of Coach Pastner but not as much as Dean Muir. He spoke about his young age, his desire, and drive that has led him to where he is today at such a young age. Dean Muir reaffirmed my belief that age is nothing more than a number and that if you have what it takes to do something, no matter how big or small it is, you should absolutely go after it with an intense amount of passion, and drive.
What about UW-Waukesha makes it special or stand out in your mind? UW-Waukesha is special for so many different reasons, but at the top of the list is the people that make up the university. Where else are you going to find people like Carrie Parworth, J.P. Slater, Scott Silet, Joyce Bell and the rest of the individuals that combine to make the university what it is? I would put that staff, faculty, and group of individuals up against any school or university in the country. The thing you realize about UW-Waukesha when you walk in there, they all generally care about your wellbeing. They want you to succeed and excel in anything and everything you wish to do. It’s not often you can say that you feel like a college thinks of you as a part of a family instead of a number in a classroom.
Anything else you would like to add? I just want to say that I truly am humbled and blessed to have been given this opportunity at UNLV. I know that this is just a starting point and the journey is going to be long and fierce, but I believe everyone has a calling in this life and that mine is to be a football coach at the highest of levels. Having a chance to impact many young men not only on the field but also in the classroom and in life in general. Ever since I can remember the goal has been to be a football coach. I’m a man of faith, and it has carried me to this point in my life where I have the opportunity to run down a dream. I intend to do just that.
UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.
In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.