||William Schmidtke | Apple Valley, Minnesota
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 1989)
Bill became interested in racquetball while employed at the Madison, Wisconsin YMCA in 1968, where he was playing a lot of paddleball at the time. He learned racquetball quickly and started competing in 1968. He was the runner up at the first National Championships held at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jewish Community Center and alter won the national singles in 1971 in Salt Lake City. Again in 1974 he won the national singles and then the men's 40+ doubles with partner, Jim Austin in 1983. Bill played on the pro tour in its early days and was sponsored both by Head and then X. He participated on the pro tour as a referee for an additional four years. Bill was named the Male Athlete of the Year in 1974. He served as both chairman of the International Racquetball Association and as chairman of the Minnesota association.