Longtime AAU volunteer Paul Gilmer dies

The AAU mourns the passing of longtime volunteer Paul Gilmer.

Governor of the West Virginia AAU district, Paul was the face of AAU sports in the West Virginia community. He spent more than three decades as president of the Capital City Striders, an AAU track club.

His dedication to the track and field community in West Virginia pushed growth in the sport when it had been on the decline.

Paul coached youth football for the Midwestern Big Blues — recruited by City Striders founder William ‘Chip’ Ferrell from the Big Blues coaching staff to help him with the Striders — and was president of West Virginia USA Track and Field.

Besides athletics, Paul volunteered for numerous organizations and was a former Senior Vice-President of the United Way of Central West Virginia and executive director of the Community Council of the Kanawha Valley.

Paul served on numerous sport and administrative commitees during his tenure with AAU from track & field, wrestling, inline hockey, and football District Director to member of the audit committee, he gave freely of his time in support of the AAU.

In 2003, he was a recipient of the AAU President’s Leadership Award for outstanding service to the AAU organization. He will be missed.

To read more about Paul Gilmer’s impact on youth sports, see this article in the West Virginia GazetteDerek Redd: Paul Gilmer Jr.’s death a great loss for youth track and field community​