Howard Schnellenberger, whose soccer teaching profession spanned greater than half a century, has died on the age of 87.
Schnellenberger is finest remembered for his lengthy and profitable profession teaching in school, however he additionally had stints within the NFL, most notably as head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1973 and 1974, and offensive coordinator of the 1972 Dolphins, the one undefeated, untied group in NFL historical past.
An All-American finish at Kentucky within the Nineteen Fifties, Schnellenberger began his teaching profession at his alma mater after which grew to become offensive coordinator at Alabama below Bear Bryant, who coached him at Kentucky, in 1961. After 5 years at Alabama, Schnellenberger went to work for Corridor of Fame coach George Allen on the employees of the Los Angeles Rams, after which took one other job for a Corridor of Fame coach, Don Shula, on the Miami Dolphins.
With the Dolphins Schnellenberger earned a repute as probably the greatest assistants in soccer, culminating in the one excellent season in NFL historical past in 1972, and that acquired him employed by the Colts in 1973. His tenure in Baltimore was ill-fated, as he butted heads with group proprietor Robert Irsay. After a dispute between Schnellenberger and Irsay over who must be the Colts’ beginning quarterback, Irsay walked into the Colts’ locker room following the third recreation of the 1974 season and knowledgeable the gamers he had fired Schnellenberger — one thing Irsay hadn’t bothered to inform Schnellenberger, who came upon about it when he heard Irsay addressing the gamers.
“I have just fired the coach,” Irsay mentioned. “There was no different method. The Baltimore Colts will go on that subject to win even when I’ve to play myself.”
Shula quickly re-hired Schnellenberger, who spent 4 extra seasons because the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator earlier than changing into head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. That was the place Schnellenberger had his best success. The Hurricanes program was struggling when Schnellenberger arrived and hadn’t completed within the Prime 20 in additional than a decade, however Schnellenberger engineered a turnaround that noticed the Hurricanes win the nationwide championship in his fifth season.
After that nationwide championship, Schnellenberger shocked the soccer world by resigning to grow to be head coach of a brand new Miami group in the US Soccer League, however the deal collapsed, Miami by no means joined the USFL, and Schnellenberger by no means coached within the upstart league.
Schnellenberger nonetheless had a lot extra teaching left in him nevertheless, spending a decade as head coach at Louisville, one yr at Oklahoma after which a decade at Florida Atlantic earlier than he lastly retired in 2011. Florida Atlantic now performs on Howard Schnellenberger Discipline.