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Football coach's contract won't be renewed

November 19, 2002

Citing "significant philosophical differences" on the direction of the APSU football program, athletics director Dave Loos has announced the University will not renew the contract of the head football coach, Bill Schmitz.

Schmitz was hired Feb. 18, 1997, when Austin Peay became a non-scholarship program. The team's record for the six seasons since his hire is 19 wins, 46 losses.

The 2002 team finished with 7 wins, 5 losses in its first winning season since 1984.

"I commend the football team for its efforts this season," Loos said, "and I want to assure them and our fans we're going to find the best coach possible, the best fit for the Austin Peay football program."

Loos says he's looking for a person who's not only a respected football coach but who will work hard to promote the program within the Clarksville and campus communities. He's also looking for someone with strong communication skills.

Schmitz came to APSU from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a non-scholarship Division III school, where his team posted a 20-19 four-year mark, including an 8-2 1996 mark that produced a Freedom Football Conference title and an NCAA III playoff appearance.

Though not discussing his plans for the future, Schmitz says he's grateful for the opportunity given to him by former president Dr. Sal Rinella to be the head football coach at Austin Peay. "I've enjoyed the relationships I've had with the students and faculty on campus," he adds, "and I appreciate the support and enthusiasm students showed for the players this fall."