Bo Schembechler Stayed and Was Champion
By: Linnea Crowther
6 years ago
Legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler died five years ago today. On the anniversary of his death, we look at great moments in the career of one of the greatest to ever coach on the gridiron.
1929 – Glenn Edward Schembechler Jr. is born in Barberton, Ohio on April Fool's Day. (No foolin’.)
1947 – Schembechler enrolls at Miami University of Ohio. He joins the football team, where he'll play under two legendary coaches: Sid Gillman and Woody Hayes
1951 – After graduating from Miami, Schembechler enters grad school at Ohio State, earning a master's degree and working as a graduate assistant coach under Hayes. He'll work with Hayes off and on through 1961, taking breaks to serve in the U.S. Army and to coach briefly at Presbyterian College and Bowling Green.
1963 – Schembechler returns to Miami University as head coach. His storied head coaching career begins with a record of 40-17-3 over a six-season period.
1969 – The University of Michigan thinks about it for just 15 minutes before hiring Schembechler as head coach. That same year, Schembechler's Wolverines go head to head with his old mentor's Buckeyes with Michigan stomping OSU 24-12. Woody Hayes takes it well, remaining lifelong friends with Schembechler.
1981 – Schembechler leads Michigan to a Rose Bowl victory against the Washington Huskies – his first ever, and the team's first since 1965.
1989 – It's another Rose Bowl win for Michigan, this time against the USC Trojans. The Trojans will take the victory back the following year when they beat Schembechler's Wolverines.
1990 – Bo Schembechler retires from coaching, leaving behind a record of 194-48-5 in 21 years at Michigan. (His 194 wins set – and have remained – a school record for any head coach.) Schembechler doesn’t stay retired for long, though – he switches sports and becomes president of the MLB's Detroit Tigers.
2006 – On November 17, Schembechler dies in Southfield, Michigan. He leaves us remembering his stellar coaching record… and his love for The Team.