Jimmy Meeks Receives TSSAA Distinguished Service Award

Jimmy Meeks honored with a TSSAA award for his dedication to high school baseball.

Jimmy Meeks, a native of Halls, Tennessee, and a fixture in the state’s high school baseball scene for over three decades, is being recognized for his enduring commitment and service. As he approaches a year of retirement, Meeks has been named a 2023-24 TSSAA Distinguished Service Award winner, a testament to his significant contributions and impact on the sport.

Meeks, who graduated from UT Martin and holds master’s degrees from Memphis State and Trevecca, started his career with a passion for teaching and coaching, influenced by Coach Andy Pugh. This passion led him to a diverse career in public education spanning 39 years, during which he has held various positions, including football and baseball coach, administrator, and transportation supervisor for the school district.

Despite his extensive career in education, Meeks has always found his greatest joy in umpiring high school baseball. His dedication to the game has seen him officiate at six TSSAA State Baseball Championships, most recently in 2012, and spend 20 years as a collegiate baseball umpire. In addition, for the past decade, Meeks has served as a site supervisor for the baseball championships at Spring Fling, TSSAA’s annual high school sports event.

Meeks’ commitment to high school baseball in Tennessee goes beyond his official roles. He continues to umpire games, averaging about one game a week, driven by his love for the game and the community around it. He credits the TSSAA and his close relationships developed through the years for his enduring enthusiasm and success.

As he reflects on his career and the honor of receiving the TSSAA Distinguished Service Award, Meeks acknowledges the support of his wife, Mary Nola, and the friendships and experiences that have enriched his life. The TSSAA, in turn, celebrates Meeks for his years of service, dedication, and the positive impact he has made as an official, coach, and administrator in Tennessee’s high school sports landscape.

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