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Bill Heideman

Bill Heideman was a three-sport star a Akron Kenmore who first enrolled at Ohio State but transferred to Akron U after one semester. At UA he lettered three years each in basketball and track. However, it was in track that Heideman excelled. Under the tutelage of Head Coach Tom Evans, the versatile Heideman led the Zip thinclads to an unbeaten 23-0, three-year record, three Ohio Conference Championships (1961, '62, '63) and two NCAA Mideast Regional Titles (1962, '63). Enroute, Heideman led UA in scoring each season to become the school's all-time high point scorer in track history - 323 3/4 points in the OC Championship to earn the Sterling Geesman Award as the MVP of the event. That same season he ran a 1:50 clocking in the All-Ohio 880 run, which remains as the current school standard and scored 13 points to lead the Zips to the Mideast Regional Crown. Needless to say, Heideman was selected Athlete of the Year in both 1962 and 1963.

Inducted 1979 | Track & Field, Basketball