Missouri Military Academy is announcing the appointment of Kevin Bissmeyer to the position of Athletic Director, effective immediately.
Bissmeyer will continue to coach Colonels basketball and lacrosse, as well as teach American History. He said that he was drawn to the role of Athletic Director so that he could better serve his players.
“I have a real desire to see the boys that come through MMA succeed, both on and off the court,” He said. “I want them to be the best they can possibly be, and I want them to feel like they have the support of the school.”
In his new role as Athletic Director, Bissmeyer said, he now has a greater ability to change lives.
“This is a role where I feel like someone can really make a positive impact on the lives of the cadets,” he said. “My role is to provide the best possible athletic experience to every cadet at MMA and that is what I am going to try to do.”
Now that he is at the helm, the colonels will be guided by a philosophy of tenacious persistence, Bissmeyer said.
“My philosophy can best be summed up in a quote from Jacob Riis,” he said. “ ‘When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.’ I always tell my teams to keep pounding the rock, and that’s what it means.”
A Cincinnati, OH, native, Bissmeyer joined MMA as a history teacher and assistant football and basketball coach in 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of History from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Xavier University. Bissmeyer has coached football, basketball, and lacrosse for the colonels. Before coming to MMA, he coached the Lacrosse Club at University of Cincinnati for two years, coached JV and Varsity lacrosse at Loveland High School and has taught history courses at a number of institutions.