Hall of Fame Inductee - Bill Heitholt

The career of William Heitholt crossed the late 40's and early 50's years that helped put Quincy on the basketball map in Illinois. He earned a total of six varsity letters during that time period, excelling in baseball and basketball. Heitholt was a member of the 1949-50 Blue Devil team that rolled up an impressive 25-6 record as a junior. Harvey's 470 points his senior year would help propel Quincy to 29 victories and a third place finish in the state of Illinois. For his efforts Heitholt was chosen to the All-State team selected by the Chicago Daily News. Things got even better. Heitholt attended the University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship and became a member of the Kansas Jayhawks, who incidentally, won the 1952 NCAA title. He was talented enough to be chosen as an alternate for the U.S. Olympic basketball team that same year. Earning a total of eight varsity letters for basketball and baseball while at Kansas, Heitholt graduated in 1955 and began a coaching career. The results were just what you would expect from Bill Heitholt. In his first year at Rosedale High in Kansas City, Heitholt coached his basketball team to a record of 25-1 and a Kansas State Class A Title. Six years later his Rosedale team would be good enough to take home a second place trophy in the Double A Division. Heitholt enjoyed a ten year coaching career at John Burrough High School, and later served as the assistant basketball coach at Washington University. He concluded his career in education and coaching in the early 80's with an eight year run at Maryville College as athletic director.

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