Mr. Dale H. Plummer
With another four 1st team All-Americans, 18 all conference players, 2 all-region players, 2 teams ranked nationally and a conference championship all during the 2010-11 school year, the legacy of Williamson athletics during the tenure of athletic director Dale Plummer continues to live on into the 2011-12 school year.
Plummer enters his 24th school year at Williamson and to say that the changes that have occurred in the Williamson athletic department during his tenure at the school have been dramatic might be a huge understatement. Williamson’s athletic teams went a combined 14-68-1 prior to his arrival during the 1988-89 school year. Since then, Williamson’s athletic teams have combined to have winning seasons in 19 out of the previous 23 years and have won over 61% of their contests during that period. During the 2003-04 year, Williamson’s sports teams combined to win a school record 79 contests including national championship appearances by both the basketball and lacrosse teams. In 2008, Williamson’s basketball team stunned the basketball world by winning the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national championship, the first national championship in school history. If the basketball world was stunned in 2008, then it was knocked on its ear in 2009 as Williamson defended its title, winning their 2nd straight USCAA national championship. The team followed that up with a 3rd national championship appearance in 2010 coming just short of winning their 3rd straight title. Not to be outdone, the school’s baseball team won the Eastern States Baseball League championship in 2011 for the 2nd year in a row,
Raising the bar for Williamson’s student-athletes has also been a hallmark of Plummer’s tenure as the school’s 8 varsity teams have combined to have a Grade Point Average of over 2.75 in each of his years including 3.00 or higher in 16 out of the last 17 years. The highlight of such academic excellence came in June of 2009 when Williamson’s lacrosse team was named the National Academic Team of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association. They were the only men’s lacrosse team in the nation with a combined team GPA of above a 3.0 (3.27).
During his tenure at the school, Williamson has added a new football/soccer game field, new outdoor lighting for both its game and practice facilities, a new baseball backstop and complex, an expansion and upgrade to its weight room, an electronic baseball scoreboard and numerous other improvements. In the spring of 2000, he oversaw the addition of lacrosse as a varsity sport at Williamson and in 2010 he oversaw the addition of tennis as the school’s 8th varsity sport. The school also added a new on-campus tennis court in the spring of 2001 and in 2003 the gym floor design was completely re-done.
Aside from his duties as athletic director, Dale also is Williamson’s intramural director and is the building manager for the school’s Restall Sports Center. In addition, he is also a mathematics instructor at the school and is the founder and director of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He also oversees the school’s Instrumental Music program. He currently is co-chairman for the school’s Student Activities Program, which ensures that each student at Williamson is involved in at least one extra-curricular activity per year during their three years at Williamson. He also is a member of the school’s Substance Abuse Council and is a past member of the school’s Capital Campaign Committee. He previously served 9 years as chairman of the school’s Conduct Code Review Board and is currently a member of the school’s Strategic Planning committee. In 2011 he will once again become a member of the school’s Conduct Cade Review committee’s appeal committee.
Currently, Dale is chairman of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Region XIX lacrosse committee. He is the assistant chairman for the baseball committee and is also a member of the wrestling and track and field committees. He oversaw the school’s admission into the National Junior College Athletic Association in 1992 and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in 2002. In 2007 he was named to the USCAA national selection committee for the organization’s national basketball tournament. He founded both the Eastern States Baseball League and the Eastern States Soccer League and is currently the overseer of both leagues. During his 23 years at the school, Williamson has made the transition to having each of its sports teams in a national organization and/or conference.
During the past 9 years alone, Williamson has had 30 All-Americans, 9 Academic All-Americans, 88 all conference players, 4 conference Player of the Year award winners, 8 tournament MVPs, 9 league championships, 1 state championship, 2 national championships, and 1 academic team of the year award winner.
Plummer is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) and is the school’s representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), leading a weekly Bible study for Williamson athletes.
Plummer holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration degree, both from Widener University. In 2002, he added an additional Masters degree becoming the first graduate (and only graduate at the time) from Neumann College’s graduate program in Sports Management, graduating with a perfect 4.00 Grade Point Average. Neumann’s curriculum was 1 of only 13 in the nation at that time to be approved by the North American Society for Sports Management (NASSM), the foremost sports management organization in the world.
An outstanding high school tennis player from Collingswood, NJ, prior to Williamson, he was the Tennis Administrator/Head Men’s Tennis Coach for 3 ½ seasons at Widener University. During his time there Widener set the school record for wins going 33-22. A former player at Widener prior to becoming the Tennis Administrator, he holds the school record for career victories with 41. He also was the voice of Widener (then) Pioneer football as the team’s play-by-play announcer for radio station WDNR, 89.5 FM for 11 years and the radio voice of Widener basketball for 4 years.
During the 2004-05 school year Plummer was a finalist for the prestigious NACDA Athletic Director of the Year award. In the spring of 2004 Dale was presented with a leadership award by the Southeastern Chester County Leadership Association for his work with young people. He taught Sunday School for adults for 7 years at Middletown Presbyterian Church prior to moving to Bethlehem United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer youth soccer coach with Nether Providence Athletic Association’s youth soccer program for 9 years and was the Major Girls Division commissioner for the fall of 2009. He is also a past member of the Development Committee at The Christian Academy school in Brookhaven, PA and was named to the school’s Board of Trustees in the spring of 2010. He also is a Merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts of America, Troop 85.
Dale and his wife Debbie live on the Williamson campus with their 16-year-old son Ryan and their 13-year-old daughter Laura. Debbie volunteers her time running the football merchandise stand for the team and also helps out in the school’s Student Clothes Closet when she can.
Williamson Athletic Highlights from 2010-11
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