Former Blinn College Athletic Director Don Wilhelm will soon be inducted into the very hall of fame that he began 22 years ago.
Paris Junior College announced today that Wilhelm will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame on Nov. 3 during halftime of the women’s basketball game against Murray State College.
Wilhelm spent 10 years as the athletic director and chair of the Division of Health and Kinesiology at Blinn. While there, he served as men’s director and secretary-treasurer of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Conference. He also chaired the NJCAA football committee and was a member of the NJCAA Division I basketball, eligibility and executive committees.
Inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor in 2011, Wilhelm was presented the Buccaneer Alumni Lettermen Association Ph.D. Award (Pride, Honor, Dedication) in 2010. Blinn’s women’s basketball MVP award is also named after Wilhelm. He is in the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame and received the Wayne Rideout Athletic Training Award.
Wilhelm helped merge the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference and the Texas Eastern Athletic Conference into what is now NJCAA’s Region XIV Conference. He also initiated Blinn’s James Atkinson Award and Paris’s Bobby R. Walters Cup, each awarded to the sophomore student-athlete with the highest grade point average at their respective schools.
Wilhelm was athletic director, women’s basketball coach and kinesiology chair at Paris from 1986 to 1994. The Paris women’s basketball MVP Cup is alsonamed in his honor.
“We look forward to honoring Don Wilhelm and adding him to our PARIS Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Paris President, Dr. Pamela Anglin. “Don Wilhelm did so much for the Paris Junior College athletic program and much of what is in place today began with him. I was fortunate to be able to work with him at another institution and saw first-hand the difference he makes in a program. I learned a lot by working with him and seeing how he managed an athletic program.”
Before Paris, Wilhelm had an extensive background in both men’s and women’s basketball. He came to Paris from Stephen F. Austin University, where he served first as assistant and then head women’s basketball coach. Before that he was head men’s basketball coach at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
Wilhelm also was head men’s basketball coach, assistant football coach and Division of Health and Physical Education chair at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Con Rapids, Minn.; head men’s basketball coach and chaired the Division of Health and Physical Education at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn.; head men’s basketball and assistant football coach and admissions counselor at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.; and had coaching positions in basketball, football and track at Buhler, Fredonia and Hope high schools in Kansas.
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