Charlie Schmaus

Charles F. Schmaus (born April 29, 1944) is an American retired college basketball coach and player. After a three-sport career at the Virginia Military Institute, Schmaus was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) in the fourth round of the 1966 NBA draft. Following a brief stint in the Air Force, Schmaus returned to VMI for six years as head basketball coach in which he most famously led the 1976–77 team to a 26–4 season which included a Southern Conference regular season and tournament championship as well as a trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.[1]

Charlie Schmaus
Biographical details
Born (1944-04-29) April 29, 1944 (age 75)
Ford City, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1976VMI (asst.)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
SoCon regular season championship (1977)
SoCon Tournament championship (1977)
NCAA Sweet Sixteen (1977)

Early lifeEdit

Schmaus was born on April 29, 1944, in Ford City, Pennsylvania, to his parents Charles and Hedwig. Schmaus picked up basketball at an early age, and first played for his middle school in the sixth grade.[2] By his junior year in high school he was playing on the school's varsity team, and in his senior year, Schmaus led the team to a WPIAL finals appearance and was named the MVP of the section.[2]

Coming out of high school, Schmaus was recruited by many colleges, including Maryland, William & Mary, Florida State, and most Pennsylvania schools. Ultimately, Schmaus chose VMI, and in his sophomore season he was part of the 1963–64 team that won the Southern Conference tournament, captained by former VMI head coach Bill Blair. He led the team in scoring in 1965 and 1966 and is currently in the top twenty on the school's all-time scoring list.[1] Schmaus graduated in 1966 with a degree in biology after returning for a fifth year to complete two courses, at which time he earned a football scholarship as a wide receiver.[2] He also played on the school's baseball team.

After graduation, Schmaus joined the Air Force in hopes of becoming a pilot.[3] His plans did not work out, though he did stay to play basketball for the Air Force and traveled around the world.

Schmaus was drafted as the 36th pick in the fourth round in the 1966 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but he never played in an NBA game.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Schmaus' first and only coaching job came with his alma mater at VMI. He was originally hired as an assistant coach to Bill Blair in 1972. The team had two losing seasons in 1973 and 1974, but showed significant progress with a 13–13 record the following year, and in 1976, Blair led the Keydets to their second NCAA tournament appearance in school history which culminated in an Elite Eight berth.[1] VMI slipped through the Southern Conference tournament and went on to defeat Tennessee and DePaul in the NCAA's before falling to Rutgers.

Blair left following the season, and went on to coach the NBA's New Jersey Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves. Schmaus then took over the head coaching reins, and continued VMI's success with a 26–4 campaign and another SoCon regular-season and tournament title. At the core of the team were forwards Ron Carter and Will Bynum, who led the team in scoring, with Carter averaging over 20 points per game.[5] Dave Montgomery, the starting center, was among the top players in the nation in field goal percentage, and shot 65% the year before. VMI earned its first AP Poll ranking, finishing the year at number 20.[6] The team's 26 wins are still the most in school history.

The next season, VMI went 21–7, and 7–3 in the SoCon, but lost some of the firepower they had from the past two years. They were eliminated in the tournament semifinals. The program then took a downhill turn, as Schmaus failed to have a winning season the final four years of his tenure as coach, culminating in a 1–25 campaign in 1981–82, after which he was dismissed by the school.[7] Schmaus' career record at VMI is 75–90, which at the time was a program record for most wins by any Keydet head coach.

He never coached again and became a realtor. [8]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
VMI Keydets (Southern Conference) (1976–1982)
1976–77 VMI 26–4 8–2 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1977–78 VMI 21–7 7–3 2nd
1978–79 VMI 12–15 2–8 8th
1979–80 VMI 11–16 6–10 T–6th
1980–81 VMI 4–23 3–13 8th
1981–82 VMI 1–25 1–15 9th
VMI: 75–90 27–51
Total: 75–90

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion



  1. ^ a b c d "2013–14 VMI Basketball Fact Book" (PDF). Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Dailey, Steve (February 25, 1977). "Charles Schmaus: A Star is Reborn" (PDF). The Cadet. Lexington, Virginia: Virginia Military Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Stoda, Greg (May 27, 1976). "Charles Schmaus: Making Bricks out of Straw". Wilmington Morning Star. Wilmington, North Carolina. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "1966 NBA Draft -". Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Hannon, Kent (February 14, 1977). "Winning is the order of the day". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Charlie Schmaus Coaching Record - College Basketball at". Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sports People; Florida State Inquiry". New York Times. February 4, 1982.
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