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Knoxville Track Club - Bill Schmidt
Knoxville Track Club
enjoyed an All-America collegiate career as javelin thrower.
senior year he
won both the Texas and Drake Relays and finished second at the Kansas Relays.
Schmidt won the Missouri Valley Conference title and as team captain, led the University of North Texas to the team title with a meet record in the javelin.
had a second place finish in the 1970 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa and a second place at the USTFF Championships
in Wichita, Kansas.
longest collegiate javelin throw recorded an awesome 280 ft 7 in.
To follow-up his
collegiate career Schmidt won the 1971 World Military Championships in Turku, Finland, setting a new world military record in the javelin while representing the U.S. Army
then topped that win when he
won the bronze medal in the 1972 Olympic javelin throw in Munich, Germany.
still remains the only male American to medal in the javelin event in the last 61 years.
University of Tennessee track coach Stan Huntsman brought Schmidt
to Knoxville as an assistant track coach in 1973, where he
became involved with and represented the Knoxville Track Club
Schmidt earned a Masters Degree from UT in Business Education in 1976.
Schmidt later taught at Central High School in Knoxville, and coached boys and girls cross-country and track.
won the USA National Championship in the javelin at UCLA
in 1978 while representing the Knoxville Track Club
and was named "Javelin Thrower of the Decade" (1970s) in the U.S. by Track and Field News
career best was 283 ft 2 in.
ties to the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Track Club
went on to become a giant in his
sports marketing profession.
Schmidt was the Director of Sports for the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
Working with renowned sports writer Tom Siler, Schmidt organized and managed 23 sporting events during the Fair: including an NFL exhibition game, an NBA exhibition game, USA vs USSR in swimming, the US Track and Field (USATF) Championships, and a PGA event.
Stokely loaned Schmidt
to Peter Ueberroth for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Schmidt was Vice President of Sports at the games and helped the Los Angeles Games turn the largest profit in Olympic history: $225,000,000 dollars.
was instrumental in helping to develop the iconic "Be Like Mike" advertising campaign.
Schmidt went on to be CEO of Oakley, Inc., and presently has his own consulting firm, Pegasus Sports Marketing in Knoxville.
He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Exercise, Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Tennessee.
While it's recorded that a couple KTC
athletes have won several USTFF Senior National Track Championships, Schmidt
is believed to be the only athlete to represent KTC and win an Open U.S. National Championship in 1978.
was elected into the Greater Knoxville Sports
Hall of Fame in 2013.