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Will Kollmeyer (left) is presented with his Hall of Fame plaque by NEMBCA founder Darrell Robertson
BMC - Wed, Jun. 7, 2017

FULTON, Miss. – Blue Mountain College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Will Kollmeyer was recently inducted into the Robertson's Sportswear Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association (NEMBCA) 2017 Hall of Fame Class during its All-Star weekend.

Kollmeyer, a native of Madison, Wisc., has spent the last seven years calling games for the Mississippi High School Activities Association during football, basketball and baseball championships on state-wide television and the NFHS Network.

"It was a complete blessing," Kollmeyer said of the award.  "I was so grateful and humbled that the coaches wanted me to be a part of their hall of fame."

According to NEMBCA founder Darrell Robertson, the league was formed in 2004 under the necessity for high school seniors to be showcased to colleges, and 2017 saw the first class of media professionals inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Along with his MHSAA duties, Kollmeyer served as sports director with WTVA in Tupelo, Miss. for 18 years and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. for more than three years.

"When I was first hired at WTVA, I made a big-time commitment to cover local sports, which included telling the stories of the student-athletes and coaches who made an impact in their communities.  I always said they deserved the recognition and I was going to cover their games like I would the national championship or the NBA Finals.  I think that really helped put this 21-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin's sportscasts on everyone's radar here in North Mississippi," Kollmeyer replied.

"Will is one of the great pioneers of supporting sports in our area," Robertson said.  "It's not just basketball, but all sports.  I really can't say enough about how great a person he is and how much he has done to cast a spotlight on our athletes.  He's just a super guy."

Adding to his high school media accolades, Kollmeyer spent 10 years as the Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Sports Information at Itawamba Community College.  He also just finished his third year of play-by-play for Ole Miss Athletics on their SEC Network+ broadcasts, which are seen on WatchESPN.

"These kinds of coaching associations are vital," Kollmeyer stated.  "We've always had so many quality coaches in this area and when they can lean on each other and their experiences to help student-athletes, then that's a winning combination.  What an incredible honor it was to be standing in front of so many of these great men and women who I have admired and respected through the years during the induction ceremony."


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