Inducted: 2020

Actively involved in the leadership of the AOA for more than 15 years, Tom served on the Board of Directors of the AOA Basketball Division and was elected as AOA Basketball Division President for three years, serving in that capacity from 1977-1979. As President, Tom was very instrumental into having meetings at Concordia College, moving the banquet to the northside, and getting newer officials from that area to join the AOA, as the group’s membership total surged to more than 250 officials. Kleinschmidt was a 2019 inductee into Central Officials Association (COA) Hall of Fame. He officiated the IHSA State Finals in 1984, 1985 and 1986, and is a member of the officials wing of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.