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Pete Schmidt (1976 Phys Ed) VIEW PROFILE

Pete Schmidt (1976 Phys Ed)

Former Albion coach Schmidt dead at 52 – Battle Creek Enquirer September 30, 2000

 Peter J. Schmidt, former OHS teacher and coach 1974-1981, 52, former Albion College football coach and current Indiana University assistant head coach, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, in Bloomington (Ind) Hospital.

He was born April 24, 1948, in Bad Axe to Willet (“Pete”) and Jean (Finan) Schmidt of Port Austin. He graduated from Port Austin High School. He also graduated from Alma College in 1970 with a degree physical education and graduated from Michigan State University in 1981.

He played football, baseball and basketball for Alma College from 1966 to 1970.

He was head football coach of the Albion College Briton football team from 1983 to 1996 and compiled a 106-26-5 record that led the team to five NCAA playoffs and nine Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships. He also served as the athletic director for Albion College from 1992 to 1996.

He had also served as a professor, assistant track coach, recruiting and compliance officer, events manager and facilities coordinator at the college level. While working for Okemos and Stockbridge High Schools, he taught physical education and coached football, baseball and wrestling.

Schmidt arrived at Indiana University prior to the 1997 season to be the offensive coordinator of the football team. He held that position until early last season when he was diagnosed with cancer and left the team to begin treatments.

He married Becky Schmidt. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Peter A. Schmidt of Bloomington, Ind.; daughters, Amy Stille and Sarah Fuller, both of Grand Haven; his parents of Port Austin; brothers, Tom and Steve Schmidt, both of Port Austin; and a sister, Belma 'Schmidt of Lexington.

Community involvement hobbies: - Member of St Paul's Catholic Church.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at Allen Funeral Home, Bloomington, Ind.

Service: 11 am Wednesday, Goodrich Chapel, Albion College. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge

Memorials: Indiana University - Foundation, Indiana Football Fund.


Okemos, Albion football coach Schmidt to enter Greater Lansing HOF – LSJ Jul 07, 2021

By Nathaniel Bott, Lansing State Journal, USA Today Network - Michigan

Former Okemos football coach Pete Schmidt, who also found in- credible success at Albion College and Indiana University, is among nine individuals being inducted Thursday into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.

Schmidt has already been inducted into halls of fame at Okemos and Albion and will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame later this year.

Schmidt died at age 52 in 2000 after battling lymphoma. His wife, Becky, will be accepting the honor on his behalf at the Lansing Center. The couple had three children, Amy, Peter, and Sarah.

“Pete was an easy-going guy, enjoyed going to his kids’ sporting events and al- ways kept himself busy,” Becky Schmidt said. “Pete was a very humble person – supremely confident, but coupled with a humility that is really rare to find in a person.”

In his time at Okemos from 1974-1981, Schmidt helped lead Okemos to six conference titles and three undefeated sea- sons, and his team was Class B state runner-up in both 1976 and 1980.

Schmidt was awarded the Detroit News Class B Coach of the Year and the MHSFCA Class B Coach of the year in 1980.

Schmidt moved on in 1983 to become the head football coach at Albion College, a Division III school in the MIAA conference.

Schmidt won a conference title in his second season in 1985 and turned Albi- on into a Division III national power-house, tallying seven straight conference titles from 1989-96 and reaching the pinnacle with a national championship in 1994.

“He loved every minute of his job, and it never seemed like work for him,” Becky Schmidt said. “He loved to compete, and he had a pursuit of excellence which is indicative of his record. He was definitely an intense competitor.”

Schmidt moved onto the NCAA Division 1 ranks following Albion’s 1996 sea- son, being hired by Indiana as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks’ coach.

He remained in that role until his passing four years later.

Even with his track record of winning wherever he went, it always meant more to Schmidt to teach and grow young men, both on the field and in life.

“I was at a game and I had an old Albion varsity blanket wrapped around me,” Becky Schmidt said. “This guy stopped and asked if I went there, and I said my husband was the football coach for many years. He said, ‘Pete Schmidt? I played for him all four years. I didn’t play much, but I stayed there because he made me feel just as important as the starters.’

“I often think about that moment as a great testament to the man Pete was. We are all incredibly proud of his legacy, and it’s not so much about his record.”

Contact Nathaniel Bott at nbott@lsj.com and follow him on Twitter @Nathaniel_Bott Schmidt


When: July 29 – 4-9 p.m.

Where: Lansing Center Tickets: $35 per individual and can be purchased at lansingsportshalloffame.org

2021 Hall of Fame class: Perry Costello (Lansing Catholic, umpire), Dave DeMarco (Lansing Catholic, sports broadcaster), Joseph F. Farhat (billiards), Denny Hill (Eastern, MSU swimming), Gina Mazzolini (St. Johns basketball/volleyball), Pete Schmidt (Okemos football), Paul Stein (Eastern football, basketball, baseball), Wayne Terwilliger (Charlotte baseball, basketball, football), Hub Waite (Lansing Catholic softball), 1977 DeWitt girls basketball, 1975 Lakewood boys basketball 


Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Schmidt

Pete Schmidt 

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Pete Schmidt
Biographical details
Born April 24, 1948
Port Austin, Michigan
Died September 29, 2000 (aged 52)
Bloomington, Indiana
Playing career
? Alma
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1981 Okemos HS (MI)
1982 Albion (assistant)
1983–1996 Albion
1997–1999 Indiana (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall 105–27–4 (college)
58–16 (high school)
Tournaments 5–4 (NCAA D-III playoff)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCAA Division III (1994)
9 MIAA (1985, 1989–1996)

Peter J. Schmidt (April 24, 1948 – September 29, 2000) was an American football coach. He was the head football coach at Albion College from 1983 to 1996 and led the school to nine Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships and the NCAA Division III Football Championship in 1994. He has also served as the offensive coordinator at Indiana University from 1997 to 1999. Schmidt died in September 2000 at age 52 after a year-long battle with cancer.[1][2][3] Schmidt's overall record in 14 years as a college football head coach is 104–27–4.[4] Since 2001, the Pete Schmidt Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award has been presented each year by the MIAA football coaches to an outstanding scholar-athlete at an MIAA school.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Albion Britons (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1983–1996)
1983 Albion 5–4 2–3 T–4th  
1984 Albion 5–4 3–2 3rd  
1985 Albion 7–2–1 4–0–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1986 Albion 6–2–1 3–1–1 3rd  
1987 Albion 5–4 3–2 3rd  
1988 Albion 6–3 3–2 3rd  
1989 Albion 7–2 4–1 T–1st  
1990 Albion 7–1–1 4–0–1 1st  
1991 Albion 8–1–1 4–0–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1992 Albion 8–1 5–0 1st  
1993 Albion 10–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1994 Albion 13–0 5–0 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
1995 Albion 8–1 5–0 1st  
1996 Albion 9–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
Albion: 104–27–4 55–11–4  
Total: 104–27–4  
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Hoosiers coach dies at 52". The Victoria Advocate. September 30, 2000.
  2. ^ "Schmidt Leaves An Inspiring Legacy". Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. September 30, 2000.
  3. ^ "IU football coach Schmidt dies". Herald-Times, Bloomington, Indiana. September 30, 2000.
  4. ^ "Pete Schmidt Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse.
  5. ^ "Pete Schmidt Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award". MIAA. Archived from the original on November 2, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.



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