ACCS to name gym after Ulmer

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 24, 2000

Bob Ulmer has lived on the campus of Adams County Christian School for 27 years.

His name will live on at the school for much longer.

On Feb. 4, the ACCS&160;gym will be named in honor of Ulmer in the Rebels’ contest against Parklane.

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&uot;I thought they were joking at first when they told me,&uot; said Ulmer, who will turn 84 this August. &uot;It’s great. It’s mind-boggling. They usually do this after you pass on so I asked if they wanted me to kick the bucket. But it’s a high honor. There have been and are a lot of good coaches, teachers and administrators here.&uot;

Ulmer began his athletic career at Taylorsville before transferring to Columbia High.

He went on to play football at Pearl River Junior College as a tackle before entering the Army until 1945.

Ulmer attended Asbury College in Kentucky and upon finishing up there took a teaching job at Washington High.

After going to Southern to finish his studies, Ulmer went from Washington High School to Morgantown in 1952 where he taught and coached.

Ulmer retired from the public school system and joined Bobby Marks at Huntington High in 1970, coaching junior high football. He joined ACCS&160;in 1973, coaching junior high football and high school basketball.

&uot;I just loved to coach and loved to work with young people,&uot; Ulmer said.

Ulmer coached high school basketball for eight years, tutoring the likes of Terry Moffett, Bill McGehee, Milton Pierre, who he called a premier player, and Ricky Prescott.

&uot;Ricky had more raw talent than anybody I ever coached,&uot; Ulmer said. &uot;I called him ‘Little Pete’ after Pete Maravich.&uot;

&uot;I think one of the highlights was when we beat Trinity 57-56 in the finals of the Thomas Jefferson Tournament,&uot; Ulmer said. &uot;I was very fortunate because I had the cream of the crop here.&uot;

Ulmer retired from teaching at ACCS in 1995, but still lives on campus.

&uot;I told them what I wanted when they interviewed me and they asked me if there was anything else,&uot; Ulmer said. &uot;I told them I would love to put my mobile home on campus. They said yes and I’ve been here ever since. They have been real good to me. I consider this home.&uot;