Greg Schiano

Greg Schiano

Photograph of Schiano interacting with a player during pre-game warmups

Schiano (left) during his tenure at Rutgers in 2006
Biographical details
Born (1966-06-01) June 1, 1966
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Playing career
1985–1987 Bucknell
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988 Ramapo (NJ) HS (Asst.)
1989 Rutgers (GA)
1990 Penn State (GA)
1991–1995 Penn State (DB)
1996–1997 Chicago Bears (Def Asst.)
1998 Chicago Bears (DB)
1999–2000 Miami (FL) (DC)
2001–2011 Rutgers
2012–2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2016–present Ohio State (AHC/DC)
Head coaching record
Overall NFL: 11–21 (.344)
NCAA: 73–68 (.518)
Overall: 84–89 (.486)
Accomplishments and honors
2006 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
2006 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
2006 Home Depot Coach of the Year
2006 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
2006 Big East Coach of the Year

Gregory Edward Schiano (born June 1, 1966) is the Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He served as the head football coach at Rutgers University from 2001 to 2011 and as head coach of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012 to 2013.

Early life and education

Schiano was born and grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and attended Ramapo High School. He then attended Bucknell University,[1] where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in business administration. Despite being a 190-pound linebacker in high school, Bucknell assistant Joe Susan felt he was a perfect fit for the defense. Susan would later join Schiano at Rutgers.[2]

Playing career

Playing at linebacker, Schiano was a three-year letterman at Bucknell. In his junior year, he led his team with 114 tackles and was named to the All-Conference team. In his senior year, he was named team captain, and was named to The Sporting News Pre-season All-American Team.

Personal life

He and his wife Christy[3] have four children: Joey, John, Matt, and Katie.

On September 22, 2016, Schiano hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the bicyclist.[4]

Coaching career

Schiano began his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant coach at Ramapo High School. In 1989, he served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers. In 1990, he took the same position at Penn State, and later served as the defensive backfield coach there from 1991 until 1995. From 1996 to 1998, Schiano was an assistant coach in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.[5] For his first two seasons there, he was a defensive assistant, and then was promoted in his third and final season with the Bears to defensive backfield coach.

University of Miami

Schiano served as defensive coordinator for the University of Miami from 1999 to 2000. In 1999, UM finished the year ranked 12th in the NCAA's Division I-A in points allowed per game (17.2), and in 2000 moved up to 5th (15.5 points allowed per game). His brief 18-month stint at Miami and his roots in New Jersey made him a candidate for his next position as head coach at Rutgers University.

While at the University of Miami, Schiano coached: NFL Pro Bowlers Dan Morgan, Jonathan Vilma, and Ed Reed.


On December 1, 2000, Schiano accepted the head coaching position at Rutgers,[6] the state university of New Jersey. In 2001, his first season as head coach, the Scarlet Knights posted a 2–9 record (0–7 in the Big East), followed by a 1–11 mark (0–7 Big East) in 2002. This was followed by a 5–7 record (2–5 Big East) in 2003. In 2004, Schiano took on defensive coordinator responsibilities as well, and the team finished 4–7 (1–5 Big East). Although Schiano was producing solid recruiting classes, especially by Rutgers standards, his 3–24 record in conference games and 4–17 record in road games in those first four years were a cause for concern for some fans.

But things began to turn around for the program during the 2005 season. That year, Ray Rice joined the team and Rutgers finished with a 7–4 record, including a 4–3 conference record, and a nationally-televised 37–29 upset win over Pittsburgh and their coach Dave Wannstedt, a long-time friend of Schiano's who hired him while coaching Chicago. At season's end, Schiano and the Scarlet Knights accepted a bid to play in the Insight Bowl against Arizona State University, their first bowl game appearance since the 1978 Garden State Bowl. (Coincidentally, that game was also against Arizona State, and a then-12-year-old Schiano was among the attendees.) During preparations for the Insight Bowl, Schiano signed a new contract, extending his contract through the 2012 season.

In the 2006 season, Schiano's Scarlet Knights achieved their first Top 25 ranking since 1976. Following week four of the college football season, Rutgers with a record of 4–0 was ranked #23 in the Associated Press and Coaches Polls. The team was ranked as high as #6 in the country (BCS standings) with a 9–0 record after a historic win against the Louisville Cardinals, beating them 28–25 in Piscataway. Throughout the season, coach Schiano and Rutgers were featured prominently in both the local and national media, and Schiano's motivational phrase "keep choppin'" became part of the lexicon of college football. Rutgers finished the season with a 10–2 record, the first time they had won ten games since 1976. Following the season, Schiano and the Scarlet Knights accepted an invitation to play Kansas State in the inaugural Texas Bowl,[7] where they would go on to defeat Kansas State 37–10, capturing their first ever bowl win. For his work in the 2006 season, Coach Schiano was awarded several Coach of the Year honors, including the Home Depot Coach of the Year award and the inaugural Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.

Current NFL players who played under Schiano at Rutgers:

Coaching Tree

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On January 26, 2012, Schiano accepted his first head coaching opportunity at the professional-football level, with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[8] The hire was generally considered surprising (as "college" coaches, historically, tend to experience a high rate of failure at the NFL/professional level); Schiano's mere 68–67 record at Rutgers received less scrutiny at the time, as high-profile, upset victories had enhanced media/popular perceptions of Schiano's effectiveness. The Buccaneers ended the 2012–2013 regular season with a 7–9 record, missing the playoffs in the process. In the 2013-2014 season, the team regressed to 4–12.

On December 30, 2013, the Buccaneers fired Schiano along with Mark Dominik, the general manager who had selected him.[9]

Ohio State

In 2016, after two seasons out of coaching, head coach Urban Meyer hired Schiano to serve as defensive coordinator/associate head coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program, replacing Chris Ash who, coincidentally, left to accept the head coaching position at Rutgers.

Awards and bowl bids

Schiano received most of the major 2006 national Coach of the Year awards after orchestrating what was considered by many to be one of the great turn-around stories in college football history, transforming the hapless Scarlet Knights into a winning football program (see above).

On December 4, 2006, one day after Rutgers accepted a bid to play in the 2006 Texas Bowl against Kansas State, Schiano announced that he would not be a candidate for the recently vacated head coaching job at his previous employer, the University of Miami, ending rumors and speculation that he would leave his creation at upstart Rutgers to return to Miami.[10] He stated that he is "very happy at Rutgers" and that Rutgers is just beginning to "scratch the surface" of what the team can accomplish. He confirmed this by signing yet another contract extension, announced on February 16, 2007, upping his yearly compensation to $1.5 million per year and extending his deal with Rutgers to 2016.[11] Schiano's 2011 salary and compensation of $2.3 million[12] made him "by far" the highest-paid public employee in New Jersey,[13] as well as the highest paid coach in the Big East.[14]

In December 2007, The Star-Ledger reported that Schiano spoke with University of Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin "for quite a while" on December 5 about the head coaching vacancy at the school.[15] Two days later, he withdrew his name from consideration and remained as the Rutgers Head Coach.[16] In 2008, after a bad start his Knights staged a come-from-behind season where they ended up 8–5 with the school's 4th straight bowl bid. Schiano's name once again came up in general speculation about the Miami head coaching position in 2010, after the firing of Randy Shannon.[17]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big East Conference) (2001–2011)
2001 Rutgers 2–9 0–7 8th
2002 Rutgers 1–11 0–7 8th
2003 Rutgers 5–7 2–5 7th
2004 Rutgers 4–7 1–5 6th
2005 Rutgers 7–5 4–3 3rd L Insight
2006 Rutgers 11–2 5–2 T–2nd W Texas 12 12
2007 Rutgers 8–5 3–4 T–5th W International
2008 Rutgers 8–5 5–2 T–2nd W
2009 Rutgers 9–4 3–4 T–4th W St. Petersburg
2010 Rutgers 4–8 1–6 8th
2011 Rutgers 9–4 4–3 T–4th W Pinstripe
Rutgers: 68–67 28–48
Total: 68–67
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
TB2012 790.4384th in NFC South
TB2013 4120.250 4th in NFC South
TB Total 11 21 0 .344
Total 11 21 0 .344


  2. "Greg Schiano FB". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  8. "Surprise: Buccaneers turn to Rutgers' Schiano as next coach". January 26, 2012
  9. "Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik fired by Buccaneers". CBS Sports. December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  10. "Schiano tells Miami he's not leaving Rutgers". December 6, 2006.
  11. "Schiano Signs Contract Extension Through 2016". The Official Site of Rutgers Athletics. February 16, 2007.
  12. Rutgers University Employee Salaries. Asbury Park Press.
  13. Mushnick, Phil (April 16, 2011). "Double up that entendre, will you?". New York Post.
  14. Sargeant, Keith (November 16, 2011). "Schiano the highest-paid Big East coach, according to USA Today report". Home News Tribune.
  15. Luicci, Tom (December 7, 2007). "Schiano talking to Michigan". The Star-Ledger.
  16. Forde, Pat (December 7, 2007). "After talking to Michigan, Schiano sticking as Rutgers coach".
  17. Milian, Jorge (November 29, 2010). "Possible candidates to be the next coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes". The Palm Beach Post.
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