Longtime Winona Senior High School wrestling coach Bill Schmidt will be inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as one of the seven honorees for the Lifetime Service Award.
The banquet will take place Noon, Sunday, September 13 at the Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center. Those interested in attending are recommended to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
State chapter inductees are permanently honored at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Schmidt was a Minnesota state champion in the one-class system for Renville High School before earning three All-American honors while at Augsburg College. He has given back to the sport of wrestling for 42 years, 12 of those as the head coach at Winona where he coached 24 state individual qualifiers, 12 state place winners, and one individual state champion. He also helped coach cross country and softball in addition to teaching mathematics.
He served as Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Director for nine years and eight years as the Assistant Director. He also served on the NWHOF-MN Board of Directors and assists at the Bartelma Hall of Fame, providing placemats for both the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Bartelma and Mayo Civic Center Region 1 Halls of Fame.
He and wife, Jill, have served on the Winona Senior High chain gang for 38 years and the Winona State chain gang for 34 years along with their son Sam and daughter Sundra. He and Jill were honored with the Ashley for the Arts Humanitarian Award in 2019 for their many hours of volunteer work with the youth of the Winona community.