Senior Will Gingery is an All-American kicker and punter currently attending Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Will is scheduled to graduate in May 2017. Gingery has been the starting punter for the Wittenberg Tigers all 4 seasons and took on the role of kicker in his final 2 seasons. In taking on the extra kicking duties, Will has broken several school records in both kicking and punting and has been a top performer nationally in both positions.
The son of Kelly Blanton and Mike Gingery, Will grew up in Bexley Ohio, a small tree-lined suburb of Columbus. Gingery was a 5 sport varsity athlete at Bexley High school, playing football, soccer, basketball, tennis and baseball. He played Football for the Lions under Coach John Smith ~ Senior Year: 2nd Team All-League... 2nd team All-District... played Soccer for the Lions under Coach Greg Kullman ~ Captain... Junior Year: 2nd Team All-League... District Champions... Senior Year: 2nd Team All-League... District Champions... Regional Champions... State Final Four... also played Tennis for the Lions under Coach GJ Seckel ~ Captain... Junior Year: 2nd Team All-League... State Final Four... Senior Year: 1st Team All-League... State Runner-Up.
His freshman season at Wittenberg, Gingery earned the starting punter position and averaged 37.4 yards. He went on to keep the punting job the next 3 seasons while breaking many school records along the way. By his junior year Will broke the single season school record for punting average with 42.32 yards, only to break his own record the following year with a punt average of 43.6 yards. In the 2015 season, Gingery played 10 games, recorded 40 punts for 1,693 yards with a season long of 69 yards and was named First Team All-NCAC Specialists/Punting.
In his junior season, Gingery added kicking to his duties — doing all kickoffs and sharing field goal attempts. Making 6 of 7 field goals including 1 from 47 yards, Gingery was named Second Team All-NCAC Specialists/ Kicking.
During his 2016 senior season, Gingery performed all punting and kicking duties. He broke several Wittenberg records and was the highest scoring player in the North Coast Athletic Conference for all positions. Gingery was named the inaugural NCAC Special Teams Player of the Year and was a Top 10 finalist for The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award.
Gingery also participated in two 2016 post-season bowl games. At the National Bowl, a Division II-III all-star game on Dec. 4 in Daytona Beach, Florida, Gingery had 3 field goals (51/48/35-yards), 2 touchbacks, 1 tackle and an NFL PAT for a total of 10 points on the board and the win.At the D3 Senior Classic on Dec. 17 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gingery had 3 field goals of 50/51 and a career-long 55 yards! He also averaged 54 yards per punt on the day, was the leading scorer of the game and was named game MVP.
Senior Will Gingery has worked overtime this season. He handles all the punting, all the kickoffs, all the field goals and all the point-after attempts. That’s not even the most impressive part of his story. The most impressive part of his story is he has done all that as well as anyone in the country and better than any player in Wittenberg history. David Jablonski - Springfield News-Sun
Off the field, Will has been involved with various community service endeavors and received the Community Service Scholarship for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity for logging 175+ community service hours last year. Hours came from weekly tutoring middle school students at Springfield, Ohio-area Hayward Middle School. Additional volunteer activities included work as the 2015 8th grade head basketball coach for Catholic Central Middle School in Springfield, Ohio ... ManPower program volunteer twice per week ... after school program volunteer for elementary school children with challenging home lives ... and a 2 season stint as the student assistant for the Wittenberg’s men’s basketball team