Ollie Shoaff was an All State basketball player for Mt. Carmel High School, graduating in 1941.  He went to the University of Illinois to play basketball.  That phase of Ollie's life was interupted by World War II .  He went into the U. S. Army Air Corps and played on the Second Air Force basketball team.  One of his teammates there was Goose Tatum, who would later become a member of the famed Harlem Globetrotters.  After the war, Shoaff attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he was a member of the basketball team and the golf squad.  Jim John, another Mt. Carmel Sports Legend, was a teammate on the golf squad.

After college, Ollie played basketball for the Hammond, Ind Buccaneers and the Detroit Kings of the National Professional Basketball League.  He later returned to Wabash County as a teacher and coach.  He became backfield coach for his hometown friend, Jim John, who was by then the Golden Aces head football coach.  The last 16 years of his educational career were spent with Wabash Valley College.  In 1981, Shoaff assumed the job as Pro at the Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course.

Oliver R. Shoaff passed away at the age of 77 on October 5, 2001.
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