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 recordsetting
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.