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Willard M. Kehrt

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Basketball Coach

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Employment History

  • Basketball Coach
    Garfield High School
  • Teacher and Coach
    Garfield High School
  • Assistant Principal
    Terre Haute South
  • Basketball Coach
    Honey Creek High School
  • Coach


  • Shelbyville High School
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Garfield High School - Articles, 12 Nov 2006 [cached]
Willard Kehrt's team had not been off to a blazing start that season, but, led by Chestnut, the Purple Eagles started to hit their stride as soon as that tournament began.
Chestnut will also be remembered by many as the basketball coach at Honey Creek High School, Washington, Brazil and at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.That's where Stu has been for the past 30 years.
His health has not been good, and he's walking with the aid of crutches, but one thing that has not changed is his good-natured personality as he recalled many stories from his days in Indiana.
The names of Bill Welch and Willard Kehrt will be put on a permanent plaque that will be displayed in Memorial Stadium.
Kehrt graduated from Shelbyville High School and played basketball for Coach Everett Dean at Indiana University.
Kehrt and some of his former players have been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Willard Kehrt was his basketball coach.
That was sort of a surprise," recalled Kehrt.
"We didn't shoot as much in those days," noted Kehrt.
"Gordon, Ronnie and I got together a couple of years ago in Florida," noted Kehrt.
Joining "Disch" at the ceremony were his wife Mary, mother Clara and high school coach Willard Kehrt, among others.
Actually, his first coach was his father, the late Donas Dischinger, who was a head coach in football and baseball at Garfield and assisted Kehrt in basketball.
In his 26 years at Garfield High School, Kehrt served as the basketball, track and field, golf and tennis coach, as well as assistant football coach, physical education teacher and assistant principal for a time.
It is the basketball accomplishments for which Kehrt is most remembered - a 69-percent winning percentage through 29 years as a head coach; 450 wins in 653 career games; four Wabash Valley Tournament championships; six Western Indiana Athletic Conference championships; and, in the Indiana High School Athletic Association Tournament: 11 sectional championships, four regional championships, two semistate championships and a runner-up banner from the 1947 state tournament.
"I went to Indiana on a baseball scholarship," said Kehrt, who played three years in both sports.
While at Bloomington, Kehrt received the Balfour Award for basketball for being the most outstanding player and, in 1935, the Gimbel Award for mental attitude which included all sports at IU.
After graduating from college, he taught and coached for three years at Madison High School before coming to Terre Haute and Garfield in 1938.
Despite all the different teams that he coached, it is easy for Kehrt to pick out his most talented basketball squad - the one that almost won the IHSAA Tournament."The best team I had was in 1947. [Clyde] Lovellette was the center," Kehrt said.
"The team was undefeated [31-0] going into that final all game and could have been the first team in Indiana to go undefeated and win the tournament," said Kehrt.
In all his years of coaching, Kehrt has built up a plethora of stories, but none is more tickling than the one about the time he won an overtime game by using the game of keepaway as his offense.
"We were playing Vincennes down at Vincennes.Back in those games if they fouled you, you could either take the ball out of bounds or shoot the free throws," said Kehrt, moving to the edge of his seat to continue the story.
Despite having teams with more talent and ability, it was his 1963 team - one that was struggling well below the .500 mark in January - that Kehrt is proudest of - and rightfully so, for it could also be called a testament to the coaching ability of a man who always gave his players credit first."We just had a so-so team.It was a young ball club," said Kehrt of that squad.
Kehrt said his team was really fired up about their victory, but not as much as Terre Haute was.
"That was the big deal.When we came back, all of Wabash Avenue was on fire," said Kehrt, with his trademark twinkle in his eyes."One of the stores at Sixth and Wabash was burning.
Kehrt retired from coaching in 1964, and finished his teaching career serving as an assistant principal at Terre Haute South for seven years after the 1971 reorganization.
I had a lot of fun just competing when I was growing up, and Coach Kehrt was definitely a big part in my success."
On This Date in 1963 | Spirit of 7-6, 2 Aug 2013 [cached]
Willard Kehrt, Garfield High School's basketball coach, has the Purple Eagles practicing in the Otter Creek gym where the glass backboards were similar to those at the Indiana State College arena in preparation for the regional tournament.
Dorsett, Lucas to receive Willard M. ..., 18 May 2008 [cached]
Dorsett, Lucas to receive Willard M. Kehrt awardsTerre Haute News, Terre Haute, Indiana- - Dorsett, Lucas to receive Willard M. Kehrt awards
Dorsett, Lucas to receive Willard M. Kehrt awards
Willard M. Kehrt Award
The Willard M. Kehrt Mental Attitude Award was established in 1996 after the former coach and teacher was killed in an auto accident.
It recalls the values and principles he stood for in his 33 years in the Vigo County School Corporation - 24 as teacher and coach at Garfield High School.
Dorsett, Lucas to receive Willard M. Kehrt awards
Winning coach Willard Kehrt, ... [cached]
Winning coach Willard Kehrt, who went with his starting five the entire contest, offered high praise for his ballclub and termed the win the biggest of his highly successful coaching career.
Willard Kehrt, Garfield ... [cached]
Willard Kehrt, Garfield High School's basketball coach, has the Purple Eagles practicing in the Otter Creek gym where the glass backboards were similar to those at the Indiana State College arena in preparation for the regional tournament.
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