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Local Address: Tennessee, United States
Pegasus Sports Marketing

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  • MS , Business Education
    University of Tennessee
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Bill Schmidt
The parades grand marshals Friday will be Canonsburg High School alumnus Pat McCormick, Class of 1958, and Canon-McMillan High School alumni Bill Schmidt, Class of 1965; James Sulkowski, Class of 1969; and Dean Tornabene, Class of 1976.
Schmidt, now president of a sports marketing firm that works with Fortune 500 companies, is most famous for winning a bronze medal in the javelin event at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Its a feat no American man achieved since.
He previously worked as vice president of worldwide sports marketing for Gatorade, where he ultimately signed Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm and Peyton Manning as brand spokespeople.
In addition to serving as president of Pegasus Sports Marketing, Schmidt also teaches at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
The National Scholastic Sports Foundation Board | National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, 23 Oct 2013 [cached]
Bill Schmidt
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An Olympic athlete, Olympic organizer, corporate executive, sports marketing pioneer and educator, Bill Schmidt grew up in western Pennsylvania, the son of a coal miner. Competing in high school sports at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, his path to college athletics was as a walk-on non scholarship athlete at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He graduated with All American honors, a full scholarship and a degree in Business Administration.
After being drafted into the US Army, he continued his javelin career winning a World Championship, setting a world record and winning the bronze medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972. He remains the last American to medal in the javelin in the Olympics in the last 59 years.
His career in sports marketing began at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN., where he was Director of Sports. He developed, packaged, managed and sold 23 sporting events over the 6 month run of the Fair. The Gatorade Sports Hall of Fame, at the Fair, was managed and developed by Schmidt. Later, he joined Gatorade at Stokely Van Camp in Indianapolis, IN., as Director of Sports Development.
Having been recruited to join the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Schmidt took a leave of absence to become Vice President of Sports at the LAOOC. There he managed: Track & Field, Boxing, Wrestling, Baseball, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Weightlifting and Soccer. In addition he was responsible for all 63 training sites, equipment and writing the final report. After assisting in making the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics the most successful Olympics in history, he returned to Gatorade, now owned by the Quaker Oats Company located in Chicago. There he helped grow the Brand from $83 million to nearly $2 billion before his departure to become the CEO at Oakley.
He currently is President of Pegasus Sports Marketing, where he works as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies who want to sell their products and services by leveraging sports. He's an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he earned his MS in Business Education. He's also a volunteer coach for the Tennessee track team and is an avid golfer, world traveler and a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast.
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MGP & Associates PR - MGP in the News, 26 Oct 2007 [cached]
The conference began with the introduction of the guest speakers, which was conducted by Bill Schmidt, the conference's chief organizer and moderator. Schmidt is the former Executive Vice President of Quaker Oats-Gatorade and CEO of Oakley, and is now the President of Pegasus Marketing.
Partners in Sports would also like thank Bill Schmidt in particular for his contributions and involvement with Partners in Sports and The University of Tennessee Sport Management Department.
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Knoxville Track Club
Bill Schmidt
Bill Schmidt enjoyed an All-America collegiate career as javelin thrower. In his 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. Schmidt 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. His 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. Bill Schmidt then topped that win when he won the bronze medal in the 1972 Olympic javelin throw in Munich, Germany. Schmidt 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.
Schmidt 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. His career best was 283 ft 2 in.
From his ties to the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Track Club, Schmidt 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.
There Schmidt 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.
Schmidt was elected into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Cynthia Walker Named Virginia High School Girls Volleyball Player of the Year, 23 July 2004 [cached]
"Cynthia's accomplishments are a direct reflection upon and a credit to St. Margaret's athletic program," says Bill Schmidt, Vice President, Gatorade Worldwide.
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