FAU names stadium's field in honor of former coach Howard Schnellenberger
Aug 20, 2014 at 1:00p ET
Having planted the seeds of football at Florida Atlantic University upon his arrival in 1998, it's only fitting that the field at FAU Stadium bear Howard Schnellenberger's name given his contributions to the growth and nurture of the budding program.
On Wednesday, the FAU Board of Trustees voted to name the field in it's on-campus stadium after Schnellenberger beginning this year. The name will be formally changed to Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium in a ceremony that will take place prior to the home opener against Tulsa on Sept. 13.
"I am humbled beyond belief that the University would bestow this great honor on the Schnellenberger family, and me personally," Schnellenberger said in a press release. "This is probably the highlight of my coaching career. Thanks to the FAU Board of Trustees, the University, the fans, the players and the coaches that were an integral part of this."
The first head coach in FAU football history, Schnellenberger coached the Owls to a 41-56 record from 2001-2011. During his tenure as FAU's coach, he led the Owls to two bowl victories and one Sun Belt Conference championship.
Prior to joining FAU, Schnellenberger was an assistant coach on the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins team and helped build programs at the University of Miami and Louisville -- leading the Hurricanes to a national championship in 1983.
"Coach Schnellenberger is a legend -- a true visionary who always will be synonymous with FAU football," FAU President John Kelly said in a press release. "The University, the community, and fans of college football everywhere look to Coach as the consummate leader, and are thankful for all he has done for the sport. I know FAU will always remember this as we cheer our team on the beautiful field that will forever bear his name."
Already hosting a life-size statue of Schnellenberger's likeness, the 29,000-seat FAU Stadium officially opened on Oct. 15, 2011.