Howard Schnellenberger

Howard Schnellenberger

College: Univ. Kentucky ’56

Position: Dir of Football, Operations/Head Coach

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Coaching Career Highlights
• Four national collegiate football championships (Alabama ’61, ’64, 65: Miami ’83)
• Seven NFL playoff teams (Miami Dolphins ’70, ’71, ’72, ’76, ’79; Los Angeles Rams ’67, ’69)
• Best record in NFL history as the Miami Dolphins’ Offensive Coordinator (17-0 in ’72)
• 1983 National Champions defeating Nebraska 31-30 in the 50th Anniversary Orange Bowl Game
• 1983 National Coach of the Year

Special Honors, Awards • 2008 Inducted into Palm Beach County Hall of Fame
• 2008 Head Coach of the Nation in Texas vs. Nation Game
• 2007 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year
• 2007 Recognized for being in the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame
• 2005 Inducted into the University of Louisville Hall of Fame
• 2003 Palm Beach County Amateur Athlete Coach of the Year
• 2003 Sports Network South Coach of the Year
• 1991 Head Coach, Japan Bowl All-Star Game
• 1988 Head Coach, Blue/Gray All-Star Game
• 1983 Coach of the Year, U.S. Football Writers Association of America
• 1983 Coach of the East Squad, East-West Shrine Game
• 1982 Coach of the East Squad, East-West Shrine Game
• 1981, Coach of the Year, The Football News
• 1981, UPI Coach of the Week in 17-14 win over No. 1 Penn State
• 1980 Southern Independent Coach of the year, Associated Press

At Florida Atlantic (96 games played entering 2009)
Ten years…ten years in the making. In April of 1998 Howard Schnellenberger was asked to consider a project. He was asked to weigh the facts, research the possibilities and explore a community’s interest in supporting the addition of football to FAU’s sports roster.

By 2008 Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger had welcomed the first recruiting class; climbed the ranks of Division I-AA, including a national semi-final appearance; joined a conference and began playing football in the country’s highest classification, the Bowl Subdivision; and grabbed a league title and two bowl championships to add to his collection.

When you consider all the “firsts” that Florida Atlantic University’s football team has accomplished, it is hard to believe. What may be even more difficult to comprehend is that legendary Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger accomplished a “first” as well in 2007. When the 74-year-old program builder was named 2007 Sun Belt Coach of the Year, it marked the first time he had earned a conference award. Schnellenberger has resurrected two programs from virtual extinction. Neither was affiliated with a conference.

He joined the FAU staff May 1, 1998, with an unheard-of opportunity: build a collegiate football team from scratch. In January of 1999 the Board of Regents approved FAU adding football. Twenty-five recruits signed in his first FAU class. Since that time each recruiting class has been better than the last, each schedule is more difficult than the last and each milestone is one step closer to Schnellenberger’s dream: build the best football team possible in the heart of paradise.

When the team took the field for its first practice, Aug. 12, 2000, 164 players were dressed. FAU played its first scrimmage Sept. 23, 2000, and took to the field Sept. 1, 2001. It only took two games for FAU to have its first upset, defeating the No. 22 ranked team in the country, 31-28. FAU holds the record for the fastest start-up program to earn a Division I-A victory, and is the fastest program to reach the Division I-AA playoffs and is the fastest start up program to be invited to bowl game. Proving it wasn’t a fluke, the Owls made a repeat appearance in 2008 becoming the only team in the state of Florida to have back-to-back bowl victories in 2007 and 2008. FAU also became the first Sun Belt Conference team to win back-to-back bowl games. What makes the bowl victories more impressive is that FAU became bowl eligible, in its rise to Division I-A status in 2006 therefore the Owls have captured a bowl victory in two of the three seasons that they have been a part of the Bowl Sub Division.

Schnellenberger, the 2003 Sports Network South Coach of the Year, began this assent by playing the best teams that would schedule the fledgling Owls. The Owls stormed into Hawaii, with a hurricane hitting Florida’s coastline at game time, and handed the Warriors their only home field loss in 2004, defeating a bowl participant in just the 36th game of the program’s existence. Proving it was not a fluke, the team defeated perennial Sun Belt power North Texas the next week. FAU then rattled off five-consecutive road victories to enter the 2004 home schedule 5-0. The Owls finished their first transitional season 9-3, and bid farewell to the senior class with a third-consecutive “Shula Bowl victory over FIU. 2005 was the first full season of Division I-A play, facing Kansas, Oklahoma State at home, and Minnesota and Louisville on the road. The young squad put together several outstanding performances sending Kansas into the locker room with a 9-7 lead, Oklahoma State with a 13-3 margin at the half, and Louisville, who entered the game ranked no. 14 at game time, with a 10-point cushion, 20-10. Florida Atlantic began 2006 picked as the second worst team in the country. With this as motivation, the Owls used what Schnellenberger calls advanced training, its non-conference schedule, to finish with a 4-3 Sun Belt record and were in the hunt for the Sun Belt title deep into the season. The jump from a preseason eighth place finish to third in the Sun Belt was not as drastic as the prediction to finish last in the country to defeating the last team in the country 31-0. Both the offense and defense came together with one goal in 2007: win the SBC. From January to December the focus remained constant and the accolades continued to roll in, culminating with a bowl game invitation, becoming the youngest program to receive a bowl invitation. The Owls would enter 2008 as the SBC’s favorite in just its eighth season of playing football. The team would struggle early and rally late to prove they were indeed a team on the rise.

For the National Title
Schnellenberger has been part of four collegiate national championships. His 1983 Miami Hurricanes won the school’s first title, defeating Nebraska in the 50th Orange Bowl. He was offensive coordinator for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama when the Crimson Tide won championships in 1961, 1964 and 1965.

In the NFL
Schnellenberger has been part of seven NFL playoff teams and was part of two Super Bowl championship staffs. He helped the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only undefeated (17-0) season. Schnellenberger has recruited and/or coached former pros Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Jay Gruden, Browning Nagle, and Jeff Brohm (FAU’s quarterback coach), and stars such as Michael Irvin, Brian and Bennie Blades, offensive tackles Bruce Armstrong and Jerry Crafts; fullback Carwell Gardner; wide receiver Earnest Givins; defensive end Joe Johnson, defensive tackle Ted Washington; cornerback Ray Buchanan; and defensive tackle Mike Flores. Three of his former assistants were on the staff of the Dallas Cowboys during their rise to consecutive Super Bowl Titles.

At Miami
Schnellenberger took over a University of Miami program that was nearing extinction in 1979. He installed a pro-style attack with quarterback Jim Kelly and led Miami to an Orange Bowl bid and the national championship four years later. His teams lost only two home games in five years (22-2) while laying the groundwork for a program that went on to win three more national titles in the next seven seasons.

At Louisville
A native of Louisville, Schnellenberger returned in 1985 to build a college football contender. His top team finished 10-1-1 and defeated Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl, the highlight of the most successful decade in Louisville football history. His teams played a coast-to-cost schedule against the top conferences in the nation and produced victories over such teams as Texas (1), Alabama (1), Michigan State (1), North Carolina (1), Virginia (1), NC State (1), West Virginia (1), Boston College (1), Arizona State (2), and Pittsburgh (4). The Schnellenberger Era also generated support for the University’s 42,000-seat, on-campus stadium.

Personal
Howard Schnellenberger learned his football tactics as a player for “Bear” Bryant and Blanton Collier at the University of Kentucky. He served as an assistant to Collier at Kentucky and Bryant at Alabama. Schnellenberger then moved on to pro ball as an assistant to George Allen (Rams) and Don Shula (Dolphins). He was head coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1973 to 74. He and his wife, Beverlee, have two sons: Stuart and Tim. Stuart was a tight end/center on his father’s 1983 national championship team. His eldest son, Stephen, passed away March 9, 2008. Grandchildren are Teather Ann, Joey and Marcus.

Howard Schnellenberger Coaching Experience

1999-Pres Head Coach Florida Atlantic University
1995 Head Coach Oklahoma University
1985-94 Head Coach University of Louisville
1979-84 Head Coach University of Miami
1975-79 Asst. Coach Miami Dolphins
1973-74 Head Coach Baltimore Colts
1970-72 Asst. Coach Miami Dolphins
1966-69 Asst. Coach Los Angeles Rams
1961-65 Asst. Coach University of Alabama
1959-60 Asst. Coach Univ. of Kentucky

Howard Schnellenberger Career Notes and Highlights

Years As Collegiate Coach: 24
Collegiate Record: 148-125-3 (.541)
At Miami: 41-16 (.719)
At Louisville: 54-56-2 (.491)
At Oklahoma: 5-5-1 (.500)
At Florida Atlantic: 48-48-0 (.500)

 

Bowl Record: 6-0
1980 Peach Bowl, beat Virginia Tech 20-10
1983 Orange Bowl, beat Nebraska 31-30
1990 Fiesta Bowl, beat Alabama 34-7
1993 Liberty Bowl, beat Michigan State 18-7
2007 New Orleans Bowl, beat Memphis 44-27
2008 Motor City Bowl, beat Central Michigan 24-20

Howard Schnellenberger Year-by-Year Collegiate Head Coaching Record

Year School W L T Pct
1979 Miami 5 6 0 .454
1980 Miami 9 3 0 .750
1981 Miami 9 2 0 .818
1982 Miami 7 4 0 .636
1983 Miami 11 1 0 .916
1985 Louisville 2 9 0 .182
1986 Louisville 3 8 0 .272
1987 Louisville 3 7 1 .318
1988 Louisville 8 3 0 .727
1989 Louisville 6 5 0 .545
1990 Louisville 10 1 1 .875
1991 Louisville 2 9 0 .182
1992 Louisville 5 6 0 .455
1993 Louisville 9 3 0 .750
1994 Louisville 6 5 0 .545
1995 Oklahoma 5 5 1 .500
2001 Florida Atlantic 4 6 0 .400
2002 Florida Atlantic 2 9 0 .181
2003 Florida Atlantic 11 3 0 .786
2004 Florida Atlantic 9 3 0 .750
2005 Florida Atlantic 2 9 0 .181
2006 Florida Atlantic 5 7 0 .417
2007 Florida Atlantic 8 5 0 .667
2008 Florida Atlantic 7 6 0 .538
Total 24 years 148 125 3 .541

Howard Schnellenberger Year-by-Year NFL Coaching Record

Years As NFL Coach: 2
NFL Record: 4-13 (.235)
1973 at Baltimorei: 4-10 (.286)
1974 at Baltimore: 0-3 (.000)

Schnellenberger and the Pros…
Style of play and practice regimens have helped more than 100 players recruited by Coach Schnellenberger’s staff to play in the NFL. 
• Ten players recruited by Coach Schnellenberger’s staffs were drafted in the first round. 
• At least one player who was recruited or coached by Schnellenberger has played in the last 12 Super Bowls.

Players recruited by Howard Schnellenberger and his assistants or who played for Schnellenberger who later made an NFL rosters for at least one season.

1. David Ackers, PK, Philadelphia Eagles
2. Jaime Asher, TE, Washington Redskins
3. Bruce Armstrong, OL, New England Patriots
4. Aaron Bailey, WR, Indianapolis Colts
5. Don Bailey, C, Indianapolis Colts
6. Rocky Belk, WR, Cleveland Browns
7. Rodney Bellinger, DB, Atlanta Falcons
8. Albert Bentley, RB, Indianapolis Colts
9. Bennie Blades, DB, Detroit Lions
10. Brian Blades, WR, Seattle Seahawks
11. John Bock, OL, Miami Dolphins
12. Deral Boykin, DB, Los Angeles Rams
13. Larry Bradsky, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
14. Melvin Bratton, RB, Denver Broncos
15. Jeff Brohm, QB, San Diego Chargers
16. Jay Brophy, DB, Miami Dolphins
17. Willie Lee Broughton, DE, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Raiders, Indianapolis Colts
18. Eddie Brown, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, 1st Round (13)
19. Jerome Brown, DT, Philadelphia Eagles, 1st Round (9)
20. Ray Buchanan, DB, Indianapolis Colts
21. Jim Burt, DL, New York Giants
22. Dallas Cameron, NT, Denver Broncos
23. Alan Campos, LB, Dallas Cowboys
24. Tom Cavallo, LB, San Francisco 49ers
25. Tony Chickillo, DT, San Diego Chargers
26. Resco Clark, DB, Indianapolis Colts
27. Gene Coleman, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
28. Mark Cooper, OT, Denver Broncos
29. Julio Cortes, DE, Seattle Seahawks
30. Jerry Crafts, OL, Buffalo Bills
31. Ralph Dawkins, RB, New Orleans Saints
32. Glenn Dennison, TE, New York Jets
33. Leon Evans, DE, Detroit Lions
34. Kevin Fagan, DT, San Francisco 49ers
35. Mike Flores, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
36. Darrell Fullerton, DB, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
37. Carwell Gardner, RB, Buffalo Bills
38. Keith Griffin, RB, Washington Redskins
39. Earnest Givens, WR, Houston Oilers
40. Jim Hanna, DT, New Orleans Saints
41. David Heffernan, OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
42. Alonzo Highsmith, RB, Dallas Cowboys, 1st Round (3), Houston Oilers
43. Michael Irvin, WR, Dallas Cowboys, 1st Round (11)
44. David Jefferson, LB, Seattle Seahawks
45. Joe Johnson, DE, New Orleans Saints, 1st Round (13)
46. Jim Joiner, WR, St. Louis Rams
47. Derwin Jones, DE, Seattle Seahawks
48. Jim Kelly, QB, Buffalo Bills
49. Joe Kohlbrand, DE, New Orleans Saints
50. Bernie Kosar, QB, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, 1st Overall Selection
51. Ronnie Lippett, DB, New England Patriots
52. Sam Madison, CB, Miami Dolphins 
53. Fred Marion, DB, New England Patriots
54. Tyrrus McCloud, LB, Baltimore Ravens
55. Bubba McDowell, DB, Houston Oilers
56. John McVeigh, DE, Seattle Seahawks
57. Danny Miller, PK, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots
58. George Mira, Jr., LB, San Francisco 49ers
59. Winston Moss, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams
60. Browning Nagel, QB, Atlanta Falcons, 2nd Round (1), New York Jets
61. Bob Nelson, DT, Miami Dolphins
62. Scott Nicolas, LB, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns
63. Roman Oben, T, New York Jets
64. Paul O’Connor, OL, NY Giants
65. Darryl Oliver, RB, Seattle Seahawks
66. Roman Olsen, OL, New York Giants
67. Matt Patchan, OT, Philadelphia Eagles
68. Brett Perriman, WR, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions
69. Mark Sander, LB, Miami Dolphins
70. Robert “Speedy Neal, RB, Buffalo Bills
71. Gregg Rakoczy, OC, Cleveland Browns
72. Terry Rice Lockett, LB, Los Angeles Raiders
73. Alfredo Roberts, TE, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs
74. Fred Robinson, DE, San Diego Chargers
75. Mike Rodriguez, WR, Miami Dolphins
76. Mark Rush, RB, Minnesota Vikings
77. Randy Shannon, LB, Dallas Cowboys
78. Joey Smith, DB, NY Giants
79. Reggie Sutton, DB, New Orleans Saints
80. Danny Stubbs, DE, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys
81. Reggie Sutton, DB, New Orleans Saints
82. John Swain, DB, Minnesota Vikings
83. Vinnie Testaverde, QB, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Tampa Buccaneers, 1st Round (1)
84. Lawerence Thompson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
85. John Turner, DB, San Diego Chargers
86. Rick Tuten, PK, Philadelphia Eagles
87. Pat Walker, WR, Denver Broncos
88. Ted Washington, DT, Denver Broncos 1st Round (25), San Francisco 49ers
89. Lester Williams, DL, New England Patriots 1st Round (27)
90. Warren Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
91. Klaus Wilmsmeyer, PK, San Francisco 49ers

Free Agent Signees from Florida Atlantic with NFL or CFL

Brian Pare, LS, Chicago Bears
Chris Laskowski, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Fischer, OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jared Allen, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quentin Swain, LB, NFL Europe
Willie Hughley, DB, Cleveland Browns
Nello Faulk, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark Myers, K, CFL and Jets
Lawrence Gordon, DB, CFL
Taheem Acevedo, DB, Kansas City Chiefs
Casey McGahee, DB, CFL
Troy Pindell, DB, CFL
Frantz Joseph, LB, Oakland Raiders
Jervonte Jackson, DL, Philadelphia Eagles
Charles Pierre, RB, CFL

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