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FAU Honors Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s Retirement with Endowed Scholarship Fund

BOCA RATON, FL (December 13, 2011) – 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 that 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 FAU Stadium.

“I am so delighted to have had the opportunity to be FAU’s coach. 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,” said Schnellenberger. “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.”

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 toadvance 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.

To make a donation or for more information about the Howard Schnellenberger Endowed Scholarship Fund, contact Brenda Coto at 561-297-0069 or



Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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