Kimmy Bloemers Named to Palm Beach County Sports Commission Hall of Fame
October 26, 2012
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic head softball coach Kimmy Bloemers has been named as one of 10 inductees for the 2013 class of Palm Beach County Sports Commission Hall of Fame as announced by the organization this week. The 37th annual induction ceremony will be held March 24th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Joining Bloemers as part of the 2013 Hall of Fame class includes professional tennis player Andy Roddick, a native of Boca Raton, Florida as well as professional golfer Dana Quigley and journalist Tim Rosaforte from the golf community among others.
“The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees represent an elite class of athletes and individuals who have a passion for and commitment to sports. Each person represents the diversity of talent prevalent in Palm Beach County,” said Joe Ceravolo, chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
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Coach Bloemers will be entering her seventh season at the helm of the Sailfish softball program in 2013 where she has helped transform a struggling program into a consistent contender in the always-competitive NCAA South Region.
Her induction to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Hall of Fame will prove especially memorable for Bloemers and her family as she joins her father, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer and former PBA baseball coach, Gary Carter, as members of the exclusive club.
Carter was inducted into the PBCSC Hall of Fame in 1991 following a 19-year career as one of the best catchers to ever play professional baseball. His contributions to Palm Beach County also included his work with area schools and charity work through the Gary Carter Foundation.
Carter passed away from a nine-month battle with brain cancer last February.
“I have always had such tremendous support from my family, friends and this community throughout my career as an athlete and now a college coach,” said Bloemers. “I am truly honored to be inducted in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame amongst so many amazing athletes, especially my dad.”
Bloemers accomplishments as a collegiate head coach at PBA have been many with her team claiming a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in 2009 while also earning the program’s first-ever appearance in a NCAA postseason event by playing at the NCAA South Regional Tournament in 2010.
Before taking the reins of the Sailfish program before the 2006 season, Bloemers put together an impressive playing career, first at two local high schools in Palm Beach County and then starring for Florida State University from 1999-02.
Following a one-year stint at Cardinal Newman High School, the then Kimmy Carter would transfer to King’s Academy where she would post some of the most impressive statistics in Palm Beach County softball history.
A Palm Beach Post All-Area first-team player during all four years of high school, Carter would earn Palm Beach County Player of the Year honors as a senior in 1998.
While suiting up for the Seminoles, Carter was a four-year starter and a team captain her senior year as she helped lead her team to a third place finish at the College World Series. During this time, Carter’s name filled the FSU record books while finishing with the most runs batted in (RBI) in program history.
She was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection and was even named to the ACC 50th Anniversary team in 2003.
Now as a college softball coach herself, Bloemers spends her time working with and mentoring young women with the Sailfish. She also has two young girls of her own, raising daughters Alyse and Haley alongside husband Kyle Bloemers who serves as an Assistant Athletic Director at PBA.