“On behalf of our family and the entire Chiefs organization, we are extremely pleased with Marty Schottenheimer’s election to the Chiefs Hall of Fame,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said. “Marty maintains the best career winning percentage of any Chiefs head coach, and he led the club to more postseason appearances than anyone in our history. He is certainly very deserving of this honor, and I know our fans will be excited to welcome him to the New Arrowhead as a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame when he is officially inducted this fall.”
Schottenheimer joins Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Hank Stram as the only other coach to be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. During Schottenheimer’s 10-year run as Chiefs head coach from ’89-98, Kansas City compiled 101 regular season victories, the highest total during any 10-year span in the franchise’s storied 50-year history. Schottenheimer guided the club to seven playoff appearances and coached in 10 postseason contests, the highest totals of any Chiefs head coach.
Under Schotteneheimer’s leadership, the Chiefs were one of just three NFL clubs to reach the playoffs seven times in the ’90s. Kansas City captured AFC West titles in ’93, ’95 and ’97, in addition to making their first-ever appearance in the AFC Championship Game following the ’93 campaign. Schottenheimer’s squads compiled a 55-28 (.663) regular season and postseason record against the AFC West from ’89-98, including a remarkable 18-3 (.857) mark against the Raiders. During Schottenheimer’s head coaching tenure, the Chiefs posted a 62-18 (.775) regular season home record at Arrowhead, the third-best mark in the NFL over that 10-year span.
The McDonald, Pennsylvania native spent 30 seasons as a coach in the NFL ranks, including 21 seasons as a head coach with Cleveland (’84-88), Kansas City (’89-98), Washington (2001) and San Diego (2002-06). He concluded his NFL head coaching tenure with a 200-126-1 (.613) regular season record. The four coaches in NFL history with more regular season victories than Schottenheimer are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Don Shula (328), George Halas (318), Tom Landry (250) and Curly Lambeau (226).
In total, Schottenheimer’s clubs advanced to the playoffs 13 times during his illustrious head coaching career, trailing only Shula (20) and Landry (18). Schottenheimer is one of five coaches to lead three different clubs to the playoffs, joining Chuck Knox, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves and Dick Vermeil as the only other head coaches in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
More than just an outstanding teacher and motivator, Schottenheimer was a tremendous mentor for numerous aspiring coaches. Schottenheimer’s legacy includes nine former or current NFL head coaches who worked for him at some point during their pro careers. In addition, eight current coordinators around the league have worked on a Marty Schottenheimer coaching staff, including his son, Brian, who serves as the offensive coordinator of the N.Y. Jets. The younger Schottenheimer began his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant with the Chiefs in ’98.
Schottenheimer has always possessed a keen appreciation of the opportunities created by Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt and his American Football League. A seventh-round selection of Buffalo in the ’65 AFL Draft, Schottenheimer spent six seasons in the AFL with Buffalo (’65-68) and Boston (’69-70) after serving as an All-America linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his NFL coaching career as an assistant on Bill Arnsparger’s staff with the N.Y. Giants in ’75.