Clark Hunt announced today that Marty Schottenheimer will be the 2010 inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
The 40th member of this prestigious group, Schottenheimer will be enshrined into the Chiefs Hall of Fame during festivities at Chiefs Alumni Weekend this fall. He will also be honored in a ceremony at halftime of that weekend’s game. Schottenheimer registered a 101-58-1 (.634) regular season record as Kansas City’s head coach, giving him the highest winning percentage of any head coach in franchise history.
“On behalf of our family and the entire Chiefs organization, we are extremely pleased with Marty Schottenheimer’s election to the Chiefs Hall of Fame,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said. “Marty maintains the best career winning percentage of any Chiefs head coach, and he led the club to more postseason appearances than anyone in our history. He is certainly very deserving of this honor, and I know our fans will be excited to welcome him to the New Arrowhead as a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame when he is officially inducted this fall.”
Schottenheimer joins Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Hank Stram as the only other coach to be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. During Schottenheimer’s 10-year run as Chiefs head coach from ’89-98, Kansas City compiled 101 regular season victories, the highest total during any 10-year span in the franchise’s storied 50-year history. Schottenheimer guided the club to seven playoff appearances and coached in 10 postseason contests, the highest totals of any Chiefs head coach.
More than just an outstanding teacher and motivator, Schottenheimer was a tremendous mentor for numerous aspiring coaches. Schottenheimer’s legacy includes nine former or current NFL head coaches who worked for him at some point during their pro careers. In addition, eight current coordinators around the league have worked on a Marty Schottenheimer coaching staff, including his son, Brian, who serves as the offensive coordinator of the N.Y. Jets. The younger Schottenheimer began his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant with the Chiefs in ’98.
Schottenheimer has always possessed a keen appreciation of the opportunities created by Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt and his American Football League. A seventh-round selection of Buffalo in the ’65 AFL Draft, Schottenheimer spent six seasons in the AFL with Buffalo (’65-68) and Boston (’69-70) after serving as an All-America linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his NFL coaching career as an assistant on Bill Arnsparger’s staff with the N.Y. Giants in ’75.
Congratulations, Coach Schottenheimer!
I know there isn’t any Chiefs fan that would have an issue with Todd Haley matching Schottenheimer’s 101 victories over the next 10 seasons.
The honor is well deserved and with the amount of former Chiefs that will no doubt be in attendance to see him inducted, the game that weekend will be a must-see event.