BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic University recently announced the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund in honor of legendary Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s retirement from football during a post-game reception at FAU’s final football game of the 2011 season.
The fund will provide one scholarship each year to a student-athlete who demonstrates determination and commitment to the FAU football program.
“Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s legacy as FAU’s first football coach will no doubt leave a permanent mark on FAU and its football program,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “To honor his vision, leadership and 13 years of service, I am pleased to announce the creation of the Howard Schnellenberger Endowed Scholarship Fund.”
Schnellenberger announced his retirement as coach in August, but will now remain on staff at FAU as the University’s first ambassador for development and athletics. In this position, Schnellenberger will campaign to generate support for FAU athletics and its new stadium.
“I am so delighted to have had the opportunity to be FAU’s coach,” Schnellenberger said. “It’s been a true joy. For all of our football players, coaches, and those connected with the university, I thank you for your participation and for your good wishes.”
Schnellenberger is excited about his future.
“I look forward to the next chapter of my career as an ambassador for this great university, and I am proud that a scholarship named in my honor will help future generations of student-athletes,” he said.
The recent post-game reception took place on the Delray Hyundai Priority Club level of FAU Stadium at the Boca Raton campus. More than 300 guests attended the event, including Schnellenberger’s family members, closest friends, former football players, as well
as FAU Football Founders, stadium donors, and members of FAU’s Board of Trustees, Foundation Board and National Alumni Association Board.
Schnellenberger’s career has been highly chronicled throughout the years, from winning the Super Bowl as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins during their perfect season in1972, to winning the first national championship as head coach at the University of Miami in 1983, to leading the struggling University of Louisville to a top-20 national ranking.
As the founder and first head coach of FAU’s football team, Schnellenberger helped guide the team to its first Sun Belt Conference title in 2007, the same year the team became to youngest team to advance to and win a bowl championship; as well as led the team to its second bowl game in 2008, where FAU became the only team in the state of Florida to win back-to-back bowl games that year.