By TJ Millman
Milford senior William Kimmel put pen to paper this past week, inking his deal to play baseball at Delaware State University next year. He plans on majoring in sports management and hopes to one day be in the industry as an agent.
Kimmel was very appreciative of Milford’s athletics program and said that they helped him to grow strong both physically and mentally. “They helped me in the weight room, and they helped me to mature. My coaches taught me that it’s not only about me when I am on the field. It’s about helping your team to succeed and helping your teammates around you,” he said.
He is also very excited to get to play against Division 1 talent, an elite group of athletes that he will now be a part of it. For his part, Kimmel is batting over .440 in his senior season and anchors the team from his catcher position.
Milford Baseball Head Coach Nick Brannan has nothing but good things to say about his player. “William is one of the best players who has come through this program because he is just a baseball kid. He lives and breathes this game. We’ve grown close since his freshman year, and I am proud to have watched him mature as a young man. I’m so excited for him and proud of everything that he has earned.”
Milford has sent baseball players to the D1 level for several years in a row, but Brannan will not take all the credit for this. “For each of our athletes that go on to the next level, it speaks to the dedication of the individual. We love to see our athletes continue to play competitively elsewhere, but it’s all up to the kid to put in the work to earn that opportunity. William is the blueprint for earning what you get because he has a work ethic that is second to none and a passion for winning that pushes him to excel.”
Kimmel also excelled on the football field as well. Taking over at quarterback full time at the start of his senior year, Kimmel shined while at the helm of a rejuvenated Buccaneers offense. If you looked at just the numbers for his final year, they indicated what a fine player he was: 1,373 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions, as he lead Milford to a 9-1 regular season record and a berth in the State tournament.
With Kimmel however, it is never just about the numbers. In the second game of the season, Milford defeated a highly regarded Delaware Military Academy team 24-0. Following the game, Kimmel’s main concern was making sure all the footballs had been gathered up and put in the equipment bag. When asked why him, his response was simple. “Someone has to do it, why not me?”
As a result of his play, Kimmel was the Buccaneers nominee for the Maxwell Award this season. Speaking with Milford head football coach Shaun Strickland at their annual awards dinner, he was asked what made Kimmel special. “He is the type of player that does whatever it takes to get the job done. He spent the whole off-season improving his game, knowing that there was a lot of improving he had to do.” Strickland concluded, “All Kimmel did was give it 100% all the time. What more can you ask for than that?”
William Kimmel has a bright sports future ahead of him as both an athlete and as someone in the industry. His hard work, passion for winning, and dedication to the people around him will take him far. With that, everything Kimmel gets, he will have earned.