Meet Jim Timmer Jr.
Dr. Jim Timmer Jr. became the director of men's athletics at Calvin in 2006. A 1991 Calvin College graduate and a native of Grand Rapids, Timmer is the eighth men's A.D. in Calvin history.
Timmer returned to his alma mater as men’s golf coach and as an associate physical education professor in time for the 2003-04 academic year. Timmer held the men's golf position for the next three years. Timmer also served as head Calvin baseball coach from 2005-to-2007. Timmer is also an associate professor in the Calvin kinesiology department where he specializes in teaching classes that are part of Calvin's sports management major. In addition, he currently serves as the MIAA coordinator for men's basketball.
Prior to coming back to Calvin as a professor, Timmer spent the previous nine years at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
At Baldwin-Wallace, Timmer served as an assistant professor in the Division of Health and Physical Education. He also served nine years as assistant men's basketball coach, eight years as assistant baseball coach and one year as the head men's golf coach. While at Baldwin-Wallace, Timmer served on the college’s search committee for a new president. He also chaired the Baldwin-Wallace Health & Physical Education department his final year with the institution.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from Calvin in 1991, Timmer earned a Master's degree of Science (1993) and a Ph.D. in sports administration (1995) at the University of New Mexico.
Timmer is a 1986 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. As a prep athlete, he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball where he received All-City accolades in all three sports over the course of his high school career.
Timmer and his wife Kathy (Hulst) are parents of three children, Anna, Christian and Gabrielle. His wife is a Holland Christian High School (1986) and Calvin College (1990) graduate and a former member of the Calvin women's basketball team.
“I’ve wanted to serve as an AD for a long time and to have this opportunity at my alma mater makes the appointment that much more special,” said Timmer in the summer of 2006 after accepting the position. “It was one of the primary reasons why I selected sports administration as a career path for graduate school.”
Timmer directs the reins of a men’s athletics program that has balanced academics and athletics successfully. “If you look at the history of Calvin athletics, we’ve maintained a healthy balance between academics and athletics,” said Timmer. “Not only have we won conference and national championships, but we’ve also had several academic all-americans, many team academic awards and a number of post-graduate scholars.
The balance between academics and athletics has been going on for many years and extends to several generations of student-athletes at Calvin. There’s no doubt in my mind that there’s a direct correlation between the two and we’ve proven that sustaining excellence in both areas can be done.”
Doing it all within a Christian framework is also important says Timmer. “Calvin is first and foremost a Christian college and I think it’s very important to remember that in everything we do in athletics, that we do so in conjunction with those beliefs,” he says. “Since I returned to Calvin a few years ago, I’ve been very impressed with the spiritual atmosphere not only with our athletes but also with the entire campus. That’s a very exciting thing to see.”