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Memoir

Glenn E. (Bo) Schembechler
Regents Proceedings 214

Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler, assistant professor of sports management and communication in the Division of Kinesiology and former head football coach and director of athletics, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 1992, after an extraordinarily productive career.

A 1951 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Professor Schembechler earned his M.A degree in 1952 from The Ohio State University, where he also served as graduate assistant coach. After serving in the U.S. Army, he coached at Presbyterian College and at Bowling Green State, Northwestern, and Ohio State Universities before being named head football coach at Miami University of Ohio in 1963. In 1969, he commenced his record-setting career as head football coach at the University of Michigan, a position he held until 1990.

Professor Schembechler never had a losing season in 27 years (including Miami University) as a head coach. His won lost record of 234-64-8 ranks first among all active coaches. Seventeen of his 21 UM teams ranked in the top 10 in the wire service polls and went on to bowl games. Thirty-nine of his players earned first-team All American honors, and nearly 100 earned first-team All Big Ten honors. From 1988-1990, he also served as the University's director of athletics, overseeing 21 varsity sports and a budget in excess of $20 million.

With a reputation as one of the best academic advisors in the Division of Kinesiology, Professor Schembechler knew each of his players, their abilities, and their career plans. He strongly emphasized academic achievement, always keeping the best long-term interests of his players foremost in his mind. He is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association, and for many years, conducted a highly regarded annual coaching clinic for high school coaches. He has also been a featured television sports commentator during the football season.

The Regents now salute this distinguished coach, teacher, and administrator by naming Glenn E. Schembechler Assistant Professor Emeritus of Sports Management and Communication.