Coach Kimmy Bloemers completed her tenth season at Palm Beach Atlantic University as the head softball coach in 2016.
During her tenure at PBA, Bloemers has led a transformation of the Sailfish softball program. Since joining the NCAA, Bloemers' teams have posted nine straight winning seasons while topping 30 wins on seven occasions.
After getting off to a rough 1-7 start, the Sailfish turned it around for a 34-14 finish on the year, just shy of making the NCAA Regionals. The ‘Fish were led offensively by their top two hitters in the lineup, junior Kayla Knight and freshman Maddie Bertisch, each of whom collected 62 hits on the season. They were also helped by the power-hitting junior, Victoria Gonzalez. Gonzalez finished third on the team in hits with 58, and went on to break the career mark for RBIs and for home runs during the year. The combined hitting of these three, with the addition of great pitching performances from Amber Johnson and Rachel Hill, alongside timely hitting from others, the ‘Fish put together an impressive 15-game winning streak that lasted almost an entire calendar month from February 13 until March 12. The Sailfish concluded their season winning their last 10, sweeping Nova Southeastern on the road, No. 4 Saint Leo on the road, and Barry at home.
The Sailfish put together a 33-win season during the 2015 campaign, with sophomore Victoria Gonzalez continuing to transform into one of the most feared hitters in the south region. Gonzalez was named to the NFCA All-Region second-team for her 2015 season in which she proved to be one of the top run producers in the region as she set Sailfish school records for single-season homeruns (10) and runs batted in (53). She concluded the year with a .309 batting average in 55 games while adding in eight doubles, 23 runs scored and a .556 slugging percentage.
Palm Beach Atlantic returned to the NCAA South Region tournament in the 2014 season for the first time since 2010. The team was driven by a well-rounded offense, with a team batting average of .315, a collection of 20 home runs, 83 steals, a team fielding percentage of .962, and a team ERA of 2.58.
The Sailfish put together a 27-win campaign in 2013 while freshman Lindsey Johnson became the program’s first-ever National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American third-team selection following her record-breaking rookie season.
Bloemers has marked many milestones with the Sailfish. Her best season as head coach came in 2010 when her team made program history by reaching the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) South Regional Tournament Championship while finishing that year with a program-best 36-13 record.
The 2010 season also saw the PBA softball team collect its first-ever NCAA All-Region and All-American selection when senior pitcher Ashley Jones was named to the Daktronics All-Region team and a Daktronics All-American Honorable Mention.
In recognition of her outstanding coaching accomplishments following the 2010 season, Bloemers was a finalist for both an Athena Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission's College Coach of the Year Award.
After finishing as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championship Runner-Up in 2008, Bloemers’ squad came back the following season to claim the program’s first NCCAA National title with an undefeated run through the NCCAA postseason. For her efforts, Bloemers was named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year.
She began her head coaching career in 2007 when she took over a Sailfish squad that finished 8-39 the season before. In just one season, she would lead the team to 14 more wins than the previous season while bringing home the NCCAA Regional crown and NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors.
Bloemers, who is the daughter of the late Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter, started all four years at Florida State University at catcher (1999-2002) and in the outfield while earning the honor of being a team captain her senior year, the same season her team placed third at the College World Series.
Bloemers filled the FSU record books with her statistics. Any Seminoles media guide or historical production is loaded with Kimmy (Carter) Bloemers notes. For instance, she was a three-time All-ACC selection (2000, 2001, 2002), an All-Region selection (2001, 2002) and ended her career in third place all-time for games played in school history with 272 (247 consecutive starts).
Bloemers finished with 209 career hits (eighth all-time), including two 60-hit seasons. She amassed 26 career doubles (sixth all-time), 18 triples (fourth all-time), the single-season record for RBIs with 53 her senior season, and she graduated with the top spot in FSU history for career RBIs with 136. The college standout also was named to the ACC 50th anniversary team after graduating in 2003.
As a high school student-athlete at the King’s Academy in West Palm Beach, Bloemers was the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel Class 2A Player of the Year in 1998 while being named the King's Academy Female Athlete of the Year after her junior (1996-97) and senior (1997-98) seasons.
Before joining the Sailfish, Bloemers taught English and coached for three years at the high school and middle school level, coaching softball and soccer. She was inducted into the King’s Academy Hall of Fame in 2003.
For her efforts as an accomplished student-athlete and coach, she was named to the 2013 class of inductees to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Hall of Fame.
Bloemers and her husband, Kyle and their daughters, Alyse and Haley, live in North Palm Beach, Fla.
BLOEMERS' CAREER NUMBERS
Year by Year at Palm Beach Atlantic University
|2007||22-33||.400||N/A||N/A||NCCAA National Tournament|
|2008||33-24||.579||N/A||N/A||NCCAA National Tournament|
|2009||33-22||.600||N/A||N/A||NCCAA National Champions|
|2010||36-13||.735||N/A||N/A||NCAA South Regional Appearance|
|2011||27-19||.587||N/A||N/A||NCCAA Regional Appearance|
|2014||30-16||.652||N/A||N/A||NCAA South Regional Appearance|