"I'm delighted to have been asked to serve as the host of this year's Hall of Fame golf tournament." said Coach Schnellenberger. "My years at Miami were some of the greatest times in my life...not just the games and the championship...but having the outstanding young men I coached, our fine coaching staff, the support staff and administrators I worked with, and being around the Canes fans. I look forward to seeing them at the tournament and throughout the weekend."
UM Athletic Director Blake James said, "We are excited to once again partner with the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame for our annual golf tournament. With each passing year this event seems to get bigger and better. I encourage everyone who is part of the Hurricanes family to come out and enjoy what promises to be a great day. "
"We are honored to have Coach Howard Schnellenberger, our FIRST football National Championship Coach, as our host of the 26th annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament," said UMSHoF President and Golf Chairperson, Tracy Kerdyk. "The Hall of Fame golf tournament has evolved and grown each year and we expect another sell-out as we continue to raise valuable funds for athletic scholarships through the Hurricane Club."
Coach Schnellenberger led the Canes to the "Miracle in Miami" National Championship in 1983 by defeating the overwhelming favorite Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the 1984 Orange Bowl Classic. Having taken the job as head coach five years earlier, he promised the school's fans a championship "within the first five years", and upheld that pledge. He recently retired from coaching after a stellar career that spanned nearly six decades as an assistant and head coach.
The event is scheduled for Friday, October 5th, the day before the Miami-Florida State football game, and kicks off with registration and lunch at 11:00 am followed by a 12:30 shotgun start on the 18 holes of the prestigious Crandon Golf Course at Key Biscayne. An awards dinner featuring live and silent auctions, will follow in the club house.
Corporate teams of four golfers are available for $1500. Sponsorships are available. Go to CanesGolf.com or call the UM Sports Hall of Fame at 305-284-2775 to inquire about your company becoming a sponsor.