Howard Schnellenberger is Florida Atlantic football and that’s one thing that will never change.
The legendary coach, who has coached 27 seasons in college as well as served as offensive coordinator for the undefeated ’72 Miami Dolphins, needs no introduction.
The man behind the evolution of FAU football, which saw the culmination of an on-campus stadium just this season, will be honored in the Owls’ season finale vs. Louisiana-Monroe today, as he is set to retire following the season, which ends Saturday.
It’s sure to be an emotional day for all, including FAU seniors who have played under Schnellenberger for their entire collegiate career.
“It’s going to emotional,” said senior safety Marcus Bartels. “It’s a whole lot more than just the end of the year. I just hope we can send hm out on a good note.”
There’s definitely a ‘win it for coach’ kind of mentality around the players for this last game.
“We want to finish the season strong,” said senior running back Alfred Morris. “I was thankful coach Schnellenberger gave me the opportunity to play college football.”
The Owls are coming off their first win of the season, after starting 0-10, to ensure that Schnellenberger won’t finish his final season without a win. In fact, he has a chance to go out on a two-game winning streak.
I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Coach over this past year and he’s been a gentleman, but also quite a character. It will be weird next season not seeing Schnelley on the sideline in his suspenders.
So as Schnellenberger walks off the field, that stands because of him, for the final time today, win or loss, there will be cheers as he goes.
Thank you, Coach. For everything you did, are doing and will continue to do for FAU and its football program.