“Howard always allowed me to be a part of his football life,” Beverlee Schnellenberger, who was married to the coach for 61 years, said in the release. “Watching him on the sidelines was an opportunity that gave us a special closeness — win or lose — that not many wives get. Even though he never smiled, he was always smiling in his heart. We loved all the moves and challenges.”
“I will miss his warm heart, his warm hands and soft kisses. Howard always treated me special, like a queen, and was truly a husband that every Canadian girl dreams of,” she added. “You will always be my love, now and forever. I’m proud to be your wife. You were a great leader of men and the leader of our lives.”
Schnellenberger brought Miami into the national spotlight, turning around a program that finished the 1979 season at 5-6 to a powerhouse that finished the 1983 season at 11-1 and a national championship.
Schnellenberger left Miami after the 1983 championship season with a 41-16 record. The Hurricanes would go on to win four more national titles — in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001.
Schnellenberger went on to coach the Louisville Cardinals, Oklahoma Sooners and Florida Atlantic Owls.
Schnellenberger retired from coaching in 2011 with a career record of 158-151-3 and 6-0 in bowl games. He coached seven National Football Playoffs games. He also served as offensive coordinator under head coach Don Shula for the 1973 Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins.
In January, he received Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, which “recognizes the career accomplishments of college’s finest football coaches.”