Thursday, March 16, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: March 16, 1934 - Howard Schnellenberger

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From the Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Howard Leslie Schnellenberger, football coach, was born on March 16, 1934, in St. Meinrad, Indiana, to Leslie and Rosena (Hoffman) Schnellenberger. The family moved to Louisville in 1936, where he became an All-State basketball and football player at Flaget High School. Schnellenberger enrolled at the University of Kentucky (UK) in 1952 on a football scholarship, playing end for both Paul Bryant and Blanton Collier, and became an All-American in 1955. After earning a B.S. degree at UK in 1956, he played briefly in the Canadian Football League, then returned to UK as an assistant coach in 1959. He was then assistant coach at the University of Alabama (1961-65), the Los Angeles Rams (1966-69), and the Miami Dolphins (1970-72 and 1975-79), and, head coach of the Baltimore Colts (1973-74). In 1979 he took over the coaching reins at the University of Miami and led Miami to the national championship in 1983. Schnellenberger in December 1984 moved to the University of Louisville, where he was determined to build a national football power. By 1990 he had compiled a 32-33-2 record, with his best year (1990) culminating in a Fiesta Bowl victory over the University of Alabama.
Schnellenberger married Beverlee Donnelly of Montreal, Canada, on May 3, 1959. They have three sons: Stephen, Stuart, and Timothy.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)

Biography Reference Bank

Who's Who (Marquis Biographies Online)

Explore UK

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