Year Inducted: 1973
Schools / Organizations: Kankakee High School
The University of Illinois
Biography: Harv Schmidt was an All-State player from Kankakee HS. In 1952-53 Harv held the highest per game average for the state. He attended the University of Illinois and captained the Illini in the 56-57 season; he was also the eam’s MVP for that year. He played professionally for the Denver-Chicago Trucking Co. and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 1957-58. Harv returned to his alma mater, leading the Illini from 1967-74 with an overall record of 89-77. Harv Schmidt died on April 7, 2020.