In 1966 and 1967, Karl Schmitt was the Assignor for the Fall City Football Officials Association and Curt Davis was the Assignor for the Metropolitan Football Officials Association. When the Metropolitan and Fall City associations merged at the end of the 1967 season Karl, along with Curt Davis, became the first Co-Supervisor of Officials for the newly formed Kentuckiana Football Officials Association. Curt retired after the 1980 season and Karl held the Supervisor position on his own for the last three years of his sixteen year tenure. When Karl retired at the end of the 1983 season, Don Metzger became the first KHSAA Assignment Secretary of the KFOA, and Dale Gentry became the Supervisor of Officials.
The Kentuckiana Football Officials Association Hall of Fame was established in 1988. Its mission is to recognize those KFOA officials who have distinguished themselves by:
- Performance on the field (Most Important)
- Dedication to the KFOA as well as football in general
- Service (Number of years in total and to the KFOA)
Karl’s leadership and passion for football and officiating helped to establish the KFOA as one of the top football officiating associations in the nation. In 2013 the KFOA Board of Directors, acting on a motion from the Hall of Fame Committee, unanimously approved the renaming of the “Kentuckiana Football Officials Association Hall of Fame” to the “Karl Schmitt, Kentuckiana Football Officials Association Hall of Fame”. This honor was in recognition of the many years of service and dedication Karl provided to the KFOA, its officials and the sport of football.
We congratulate the past Inductees for this prestigious recognition and challenge the current and future KFOA members to strive to be the best official they can be, both on and off of the field.