May 29, 2015

Wilkes University Mourns the Loss of Legendary Colonel Football Coach Rollie Schmidt

WILKES-BARRE -- With sadness, Wilkes University announces the passing of legendary Colonel football head coach Rollie Schmidt.

Coach Schmidt's service at Wilkes began in 1962; he retired in 1994. During his tenure he served numerous roles; head football coach, men's golf coach, head baseball coach and associate professor of physical education. Coach Schmidt was elected to the Wilkes Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2010, Schmidt Stadium was dedicated in his honor.

“Coach Schmidt served Wilkes with distinction and dedication for 32 years,” said Wilkes University Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Paul Adams. “His 32-game win streak continues to be one of the great achievements in college football history. Always a mentor, he influenced young people not only on the football field, but as a professor in the classroom, and a coach on the baseball diamond and the golf course.”

Serving as head football coach from 1962 through 1981, Coach Schmidt led the football program to its legendary 32-game win streak, resulting in Wilkes College being awarded the Lambert Bowl trophy in 1966 and 1968 as the top small college football team in the East. As baseball coach, he led the Colonels to their first-ever Middle Atlantic Conference Baseball championship in 1968. As golf coach, he led his teams to three conference championships.

Coach Schmidt (82) is survived by his wife, Marge. The entire Colonel community’s thoughts and prayers are with Marge and all of Rollie's family, friends and players.

The University will share the funeral arrangements when they are announced.