Herb Schmidt is a 1948 graduate of West York Area High School, where he earned the reputation as an outstanding wrestler and offensive tackle. He was named the most valuable player on the football team, won the District III wrestling crown at 165 pounds, and was a finalist in the state wrestling tournament.
He continued his academic and athletic career at Millersville State Teachers College and graduated in 1951. After graduation, he returned to York County to teach at New York (Central) High School, West York Area High School, and York Suburban High School. While teaching in those three schools, he coached soccer, track and field, cross country, football, and wrestling. In total, he coached for over 20 years, covering 44 different athletic seasons. His overall head coaching record includes 99 wins, 31 losses, and five ties. His teams captured four league championships, five division titles, and two District III runner-up titles.
In 1960 he founded the West York Relays, which later expanded to include field events in 1964 and women's events in 1967. After being employed by the York Suburban School District, this event became known as the York Suburban Relays. This outstanding event now includes both senior high and middle school levels. After directing this event for 50 years, it was renamed the Herb Schmidt Relays due to his outstanding leadership in establishing and sustaining this event.
Following his coaching career, he became the PIAA District III committee chairman for the following sports: Track and Field (1965 to 1983), Swimming (1971 to 1982), and Golf (1988 to present). In addition, he is presently the Executive Director of the York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association.