Inductees Holst became one of the most respected officiais in the Nationai Football League through 15 years of service. He aiso gained a national reputation as one of the outstanding motivational speakers in the sports world.
Holst, a graduate of Knox College where he played on the golf team, began officiating high school basketball and football in 1955, while living in Champaign.
Moving to Peoria in 1957, he continued prep and college officiating until joining the National Football League in 1964. He was part of the NFL's officiating crew for 15 seasons and still serves as an official league observer, rating NFL officials each Sunday and scouting college games on Saturday, seeking future NFL officiating talent.
During his long career he officiated in three divisional playoff games, four conference championship games and Super Bowls VI and XII, both won by the Dallas Cowboys.
Holst became one of the most respected officiais in the Nationai Football League through 15 years of service. He aiso gained a national reputation as one of the outstanding motivational speakers in the sports world.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.