Spotlight On: Cody Zippmann

Shine the Light on CodyZippman
Program: Athletic fields/facilities management

Shine the Light

Shine the Light is a series of interviews conducted by L&C's Science of Happiness class spotlighting faculty and staff members who make a difference in our community and the world.

Name: Cody Zippmann
Degree: BA in Sports Management, Masters in Athletic Administration
Years at L&C: 12
Role: Athletic fields/facilities management

What brought you to L&C

Q: When you were young, what did you dream of becoming? Why?
A: I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I just loved everything about the game. As I matured, I quickly realized that building an organization within the game was a dream of mine as well.

Q: What did you do before starting at Lewis and Clark?
A: I was a graduate assistant at William Woods University and was an assistant coach for the baseball team.

Your work at L&C

Q: What have you learned from being on campus? Any life lessons?
A: There are opportunities all around us, but it is not always easy to find the people who will seize the opportunities.

Q: What is the best experience you had while on campus?
A: I have enjoyed building the baseball fields.

Q: How does your work connect with your beliefs about the world? In other words, how do you integrate who you are and what is important to you with the work that you do?
A: I really want to leave something behind. I am not looking for awards or compliments. I like to work in the background, like a whisper or a story that gets passed down from generation to generation. To achieve this, I have always wanted to build an organization that helps families make memories together. Whether I am coaching at Lewis and Clark or running the Gong Show Athletic Club, which I founded and serve as commissioner of, my individual commitment to the organization as a family is crucial.

Shining a Light

Q: What outside or on campus activities do you do that helps people stay connected and positive? How do you contribute to making this world a better place? Why do you think that that is important?
A: I founded the Gong Show Athletic Club and was able to build and continue building an organization there. Our pillars are built with a foundation of family through commitment and character. It is an organization that influences people in a positive way.

Q: How have you had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: No more than everyone else in the world. Being involved in sports helped train me to compete against everything that comes my way. When life throws you a curveball, see it deep and take it to the opposite field.

Q: What is your advice for students? What words of wisdom would you like to share (yours or others)?
A: The true measure of an individual’s character is the action taken when no one is watching.

This interview, is a part of our “Shine the Light” series, brought to you by L&C’s Science of Happiness class. For more information, contact