All-American Quarterback (1967-1968)
Kurt Schottenheimer was one of the leading passing quarterbacks in the nation his sophomore year for the Ravens. He was selected to the NJCAA All-American team as he led the Ravens to a 7-3 season. He moved on to the University of Miami (FL) where he was a two-year starting defensive back for the Hurricanes.
Kurt grew up in McDonald, PA. He began his coaching career as Defensive Coordinator at William Patterson State College in New Jersey in 1974-75, and also coached at Ridgefield Park New Jersey High School. From 1978-82, he was at Michigan State, coaching defensive backs his first two years and outside linebackers his last three seasons with the Spartans. He coached at Tulane in the 1983 season. In 1984-85, he coached linebackers for defensive genius, Bill Amspoger, at Louisiana State University. Kurt served as Lou Holtz’s linebacker coach at Notre Dame in 1986.
Schottenheimer began his NFL career in 1987-88 as the Specialty Teams Coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 1989, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was Speciality Teams Coach from 1989-94. During that span, his troops accounted for eight touchdowns and blocked 24 kicks. In 1993, Kansas City set an NFL record by blocking six punts, and Kurt was named the co-winner of the NFL’s Special Teams Coach of the Year Award. During the 1993 and 1994 campaigns he had the additional duties of coaching the Chief's tight ends. Prior to his promotion to Defensive Coordinator in 1999, Kurt served as the club’s Defensive Back Coach from 1995-98. In 1999, he was one of just 19 coaches in NFL history to work for a team in all 10 years of a 100-win decade, as Kansas City produced a 105-58 record from 1990-99. In his debut as Defensive Coordinator, Schottenheimer helped the defensive unit set a franchise record by producing nine defensive touchdowns. Kansas City also led the league with a +21 turnover ratio, while ranking second in the NFL with 45 takeaways, 20 fumble recoveries and 125 points from takeaways. The club was second in the AFC with 25 INTs, as well.
Kurt is married to Colleen Duffy and has two teenage daughters, Steele and Sloane.
The Coffeyville Red Ravens have always been an important part of Kurt's life. Over the years he has made it a point to return to Coffeyville to visit friends. He has also been a featured speaker at several football functions. As Kurt has stated many times, "Once a Red Raven, always a Red Raven."