Greg Schiano is entering the fourth year of his second stint as head coach at Rutgers.
Let’s get out in front of it: Schiano’s head coaching record is not going to blow anyone away. He’s 80-89 in college and 11-21 in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former Bucknell linebacker is a defense-first, hard-nosed coach with tons of experience at both levels of the sport, however.
As mentioned earlier, Schiano has been everywhere. He got his college start in coaching at Rutgers as a graduate assistant, later moving to Penn State. He stayed in Happy Valley for 6 years until the Chicago Bears called in the NFL. He had a brief stint with the Bears as a defensive backs coach then returned to the college game at Miami, becoming the Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator.
The Hurricanes finished that season 12th in points allowed across the country and moved up to 5th in 2000. That brief stint in Coral Gables gave Schiano the opportunity for his first crack at a head coaching gig in college. He was heading back to Piscataway.
The Scarlet Knights, like the present day, were not exactly a college football powerhouse. The Scarlet Knights had won just 4 games in the 2 seasons Schiano was at Miami, for example.
And the first few years were bumpy for Schiano in Piscataway. He failed to earn a bowl bid until Year 5, when Rutgers finished 7-5. Then 2006 happened.
You could make the argument that Rutgers’ 2006 squad under Schiano was the best college football team Rutgers has ever assembled. The Scarlet Knights finished 11-2 with a Texas Bowl win over a good Kansas State team. They also were good enough to finish 12th in the final AP Poll, at one point reaching as high as 7th, which is still the highest the Scarlet Knights have ever been ranked.
Schiano won 6 Coach of the Year awards for his 2006 season, including the Big East Coach of the Year Award. He finished his first stint strong at Rutgers, with only one bad season in 2010. In 2012, he left to take the vacant Tampa Bay Buccaneers job.
We all know how this turned out. Schiano did not fare well in the NFL at all, never eclipsing 5 wins in 2 seasons before being fired. He returned to the college game as Ohio State’s DC soon after.
Schiano almost had one more coaching opportunity before ending up at Rutgers for his second stint. The Ohio State defensive coordinator had a done deal with Tennessee to be the Vols’ successor to Butch Jones, but that fell through when Tennessee fans caused an uproar about Schiano not being a good fit in Knoxville. The Vols’ AD got cold feet and Schiano was re-hired by Rutgers later.
The Scarlet Knights have won just 6 games under Schiano in 3 seasons.
Greg Schiano Head Coaching Experience
- 1988: Ramapo HS — Assistant
- 1989: Rutgers — Grad assistant
- 1990: Penn State— Grad assistant
- 1991-95: Penn State— Defensive backs coach
- 1996-97: Chicago Bears — Defensive assistant
- 1998: Chicago Bears — Defensive backs coach
- 1999-2000: Miami — Defensive coordinator
- 2001-11: Rutgers— Head coach
- 2012-13: Tampa Bay — Head coach
- 2016-18: Ohio State — Associate head coach/defensive coordinator
- 2020-present: Rutgers — Head coach
Head Coaching Record
- Rutgers (11 seasons): 68-67
- Tampa Bay (NFL, 2 seasons): 11-21
- Rutgers (3 seasons): 12-22
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