PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania has named Bill Schmitz offensive coordinator, Head Coach Al Bagnoli has announced. Schmitz, who hasmore than25 years of coaching experience, joins the Quakers after serving as the tight ends and running backs coach for the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
“We are excited to have Bill join the Penn football family and feel he will be a terrific addition to our staff,” Bagnoli said. “He has a proven track record of success and brings a varied and diverse background to us.”
Prior to his two-year stint at UAB, Schmitz was head coach at Jesuit (Fla.) High school from 2003 to 2005. Before that, he was the head coach at Austin Peay for six seasons from 1996 to 2002 and at his alma mater, the Coast Guard Academy, from 1993 to 1996.
At Austin Peay, Schmitz turned the program around and guided the Governors to their first winning season in 18 years, while at Coast Guard he earned the school’s first-ever Division III playoff berth and was named the Freedom Football Conference Coach of the Year.
In 1991, Schmitz spent a year as the offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan before going overseas as the quarterbacks/receivers coach for the London Monarchs of the World Football League in 1992.
From 1981 to 1990, Schmitz spent time as the wide receivers/tight ends coach at Vanderbilt, Rice and Cincinnati. From 1979 to 1980, Schmitz was an assistant coach at Ivy League rival Columbia.
Schmitz is a 1976 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, where he played both football and baseball. He was inducted into his alma mater’s athletic hall of fame in 2001. He earned his master’s degree from Cincinnati in 1981.
Schmitz and his wife of 29 years, Lynn, have two grown children, Matt and Allison.