Shiloh grad Gieler inducted into North Georgia HOF

DAHLONEGA -- Among the newest members of the University of North Georgia Athletics Hall of Fame is Shiloh grad William Gieler.

Three others were enshrined with Gieler, a former baseball player, during a ceremony Saturday -- baseball coach Jim Otte Sr., women's basketball player Anne Smith Hyams and women's basketball and softball player Kara Winkler Leonard.

"Each member of this foursome completed their standout careers at North Georgia as trailblazers in their respective sports by achieving unparalleled marks of success during their careers," Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves said following the ceremony. "As accomplished as each of these individuals were as both a North Georgia coach and as student-athletes, they have continued to excel as ambassadors and leaders throughout their lives. North Georgia is very proud of the standards they have established and the legacies they have created for our current and future student-athletes."

Gieler was an instrumental part of the first two North Georgia baseball teams since it was brought back in 2000, helping the Saints enjoy early success.

He is considered by many to have been the best outfielder to play at North Georgia as his name is still etched in the Saints' baseball record book. Gieler is third in North Georgia career batting average (.354), fourth for most stolen bases (48) and seventh for career slugging percentage (.525).

His 2001 campaign saw him record 65 runs batted in, which still stands sixth all-time.

His 26 stolen bases in 2001 are still fourth all-time for a single season while his 22 stolen bases in 2000 was sixth-best in program history.

Gieler was a member of the 2001 squad, which won the Georgia Alabama Carolina Conference title, and was named the GACC Player of the Year as well as the conference's Male Athlete of the Year. He was also named to the 2001 NAIA All-Region Team.

He graduated from North Georgia in 2002 with a degree in computer information systems and has worked for the last five years as a marketing specialist for Ingenico Incorporated, a credit card terminal manufacturer in Alpharetta.