Feb. 3, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Former Army basketball player Bill Schutsky (USMA '68) was inducted into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame last week. The 68th Anniversary Banquet was held Jan. 24 at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J.
"I was very pleased when I found out," commented a humble Schutsky. "I accepted the award on behalf of my high school teams and my teams here at West Point. It is more a reflection of the great teams I played on than on me."
Former Seton Hall basketball player Dan Callandrillo and former Rutgers' quarterback Bert Kosup joined Schutsky in the Hall of Fame's class of 2004.
Schutsky, who is currently in his 13th year with Army's intercollegiate athletic program, is responsible for the Academy's adherence to NCAA and conference policies and guidelines as the Assistant Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance.
During his collegiate career, Schutsky lettered three times playing for head coach Bob Knight from 1965-68. The team made two National Invitation Tournament appearances during his career. As a senior, Schutsky scored 507 points. He finished his stellar career with 1,292 points and 384 rebounds. He currently ranks 11th on Army's career scoring list, 28th in rebounding and also lists among career leaders in several other offensive categories.
Schutsky was a two-time Converse All-America selection and was tabbed for Associated Press honorable mention All-America recognition as a senior. He ranked as the top defensive player on a team that led the nation in scoring defense and captained the squad to an appearance in the 1968 NIT.
At Hillside, Schutsky led his high school team to the state finals in 1963 and 1964, losing to powerful Newark Central each time.
Schutsky spent two tours at West Point during his 22-year military career. He was first assigned to the Academy as a physical education instructor from 1975 to 1979. During that time, he served as a volunteer coach for the men's basketball program under his former teammate, Mike Krzyzewski. Schutsky was reassigned to the Military Academy in 1986 as an assistant to the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs and signed on as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's basketball program.
Schutsky retired from active duty in 1990 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He and his wife, Donna, have one daughter, Jill, 27.
Past inductees into the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame include Rick Barry, Vince Lombardi, Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto.