Year Inducted – 2019
Michael Kimler graduated in 1988 from Northwest High School. In high school, he earned six varsity letters: three in baseball, two in football and one in basketball. Michael was the team Co-MVP as a sophomore, team MVP as a junior and senior, had the highest batting average as a junior and senior, had the most RBI’s as a sophomore, junior and senior, most homeruns as a junior and senior, was an All Ohio League MVP as a junior and senior, and an All-State selection as a senior. He is a member of the Northwest High School Charter Hall of Fame. In football, Michael was an All Ohio League 1st team selection as a corner back and an All Stark County 1st team as a corner back.
Michael received a baseball scholarship from Kent State University where he earned varsity letters as a Freshman and a Sophomore. He then transferred to the University of Akron on baseball scholarship where he earned varsity letters as a Junior and Senior. Batting clean-up for the Zips he led the team his Junior year with 58 RBI’s finishing third in school history for single season RBI’s. He was a Mid Continent Conference 1st team selection as a catcher his Junior and Senior year. His final season was played with the Lethbridge Mounties, a minor league team in the Pioneer League in Alberta, Canada.
Michael received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the University of Akron. He currently is a licensed electrical contractor for his own company.
He was the assistant varsity baseball coach at Norton High School, has coached nine girl’s youth basketball teams at Northwest from 4th to 6th grade, and most recently a coached a 6th & 7th grade girls Air Attack basketball team.