After graduating from Boise State in 1970 with a B.A. in Physical Education & Science, Lima has enjoyed a distinguished coaching and teaching career in Boise. Rocky began that career as an Assistant Graduate Football Coach from 1970-1972 under Knap. Rocky obtained his Masters in Curriculum & Instructions from Boise State and was hired by Fairmont Junior High. Lima taught Physical Education and was the football and wrestling coach at Fairmont from 1972-1986.
Capital High School hired Lima in 1986, and Lima was highly successful for the Eagles, once again teaching Physical Education to students and serving as a football, wrestling and judo coach. Lima guided Capital to three District Championships in wrestling in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and two runner-ups at the Idaho A-1 State Championships in 1993 and 1994.
Lima then went to Mountain Cove High School in 2006 and he currently teaches physical education to alternative lifetime students at Frank Church High School.
Rocky has served as the President and Vice President of the Idaho State Coaches Association. He holds the rank of Godan in Kodokan Judo and was Coach of the 2009 Intermountain National Team. In 2008, Lima won the 60-64 age category National Championship in the 100kg division at the U.S.A. Judo Masters National Championships and he was third in 2005 for ages 55-59.
Lima won the Idaho State Coach of the Year Dick Fleischmann Award in both 1993 and 1996 and is a four-time recipient of the Idaho District III Coach of the Year (1992-1995). Lima was inducted into the Capital High School Coaching Hall of Fame in 2007.