Marty Schaetzle '79 Coach of the Year Finalist
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Posted by: Michael Graziano
Mercyhurst College head football coach Marty Schaetzle’s
accomplishments have garnered him recognition inside the Mercyhurst
community and nationally.
Schaetzle has gained national attention as a finalist for the 2010
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award for leading Mercyhurst College to
its first Pennsylvania State Conference title and to its first NCAA
Division II National Championship playoff birth.
Liberty Mutual Insurance "Coach of the Year" finalists represent the best of college football--on and off the field. These are men who value academics as much as bowl wins; who make time for both team and community; who motivate their players long after they graduate from college.
Marty Schaetzle began his head coaching tenure at Mercyhurst in 2002. He entered his ninth-year at the helm of the Lakers football program in 2010.
He ties former head coach Joe Kimball as the longest tenured coach in
program history and has amassed a career record of 32-54 in the
process. In 2009, Schaetzle captured his 30th career victory in
convincing fashion with a 20-16 upset of then-ranked No. 21 Indiana
Schaetzle is a career offensive coach who came to Mercyhurst from
Division I-AA Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., where he worked as an
assistant for five seasons. He began his Bucknell tenure by focusing on
the tight ends and tackles before being promoted to offensive
coordinator in 1999.
His first season at the helm of the offense was a huge success. The
Bison piled up 320 points, the third highest scoring season in school
history, and produced the best ground attack in 19 years. The running
game averaged 196.6 yards per contest, the most since the 1980 team
averaged 216.9. During his tenure, his linemen earned All-Patriot League
honors seven times.
As an offensive lineman, Schaetzle was Bucknell's team captain in
1982 and graduated from there in 1983. He won the George Rieu Award as
the Bison's outstanding lineman in 1981 and 1982. He also won the 1983
Edward Pangburn Award, given to a senior athlete for "sportsmanship,
fellowship, and contribution to the university."
Schaetzle played high
school football at St. Francis Prep for Coach Vince O'Connor. He is a member
of the American Football Coaches Association and also serves on a
professional development committee.
Schaetzle is married to Jean Ann and the couple has two sons, Thurman and Griffin, and two daughters, Courdell and Kendal.
"We offer both our congratulations and thanks to Marty! As a Prep grad, he has continued to do great things both on and off the field to make St. Francis Prep proud!" said Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., St. Francis Prep's Principal.