Paul J. Schissler

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Paul J. Schissler (November 11, 1893 – April 16, 1968)[1] was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He coached football at the high school, college, and professional levels, and is credited with starting the National Football League's annual Pro Bowl.[2]

Paul J. Schissler
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Schissler from 1918 Cornhusker
Biographical details
Born(1893-11-11)November 11, 1893
DiedApril 16, 1968(1968-04-16) (aged 74)
Hastings, Nebraska
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1913–1914Hastings HS (NE)
1916St. Viator
1918–1920Nebraska (assistant)
1924–1932Oregon Agricultural
1933–1934Chicago Cardinals
1935–1936Brooklyn Dodgers
1942–1944March Field
1918–1919Nebraska Wesleyan
Head coaching record
Overall104–41–6 (college football)
14–29–3 (NFL)
41–17 (college basketball)
20–14 (college baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
3 IIAC (1921–1923)

Coaching careerEdit

Schissler first coaching position was as the head football coach at Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska. He had been a stand-out athlete at HHS, graduating in 1911. He coached there for two seasons, from 1913 to 1914.[3]


Schissler's first collegiate position was as the 16th head football coach at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He only coached one season with Doane College during the 1915 season and had a record of 5–3.[4] Schissler left Doane to become the head football coach at St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, Illinois where he coached again for only one season in 1916.[3]

In 1919, Schissler went to the University of Nebraska. There he was an assistant football coach, the head basketball coach, and the head baseball coach. Schissler was the head coach of the basketball team for two seasons, posting a 37–5 overall record.[3][5][i] As the head baseball coach at Nebraska, Schissler posted a three-year record of 20–14.[3][6]

In 1921, Schissler was appointed as the athletic director at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois.[7]

Schissler was the head football coach for Oregon State from 1924 to 1932. During his nine-year tenure, he compiled a 48–30–2 (.613) record.[8] He led the Beavers to three seven-win seasons in 1925, 1926, and 1930. He was known for opening seasons strong, having had a 76–0 win against Willamette University, a 67–0 win against Multnomah Athletic Club, and a 51–0 win against Willamette.


Schissler first foray in to coaching in the NFL was with the Chicago Cardinals from 1933 to 1934. In his time as the Cardinals head coach he posted a record of 6–15–1.

From 1935 to 1936, he was the head coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers NFL team in New York City, compiling a record of 8–14–2.[2]

Later careerEdit

Schissler later owned and coached the Hollywood Bears football team of the Pacific Coast Pro Football League.[9][10] There he coached and played with Kenny Washington before Washington was allowed to play in the NFL.[9][10] Schissler sold Washington's contract to the Los Angeles Rams in 1946.[9][10] Schissler also coached the NFL's Chicago Cardinals and the Hollywood Stars of the California Pro Football League, and during World War II served in the military where he also coached a football team.[10] Later, Schissler helped start the Pro Bowl in 1951 while working for the Los Angeles Times.[2]


Schissler died in Hastings, Nebraska, on April 16, 1968, at the age of 74.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Doane Tigers (Independent) (1915)
1915 Doane 5–3
Doane: 5–3
St. Viator (Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1916)
1916 St. Viator 6–2
St. Viator: 6–2
Lombard Olive (Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1921–1923)
1921 Lombard 9–0 5–0 1st
1922 Lombard 7–0–2 3–0–1 T–1st
1923 Lombard 6–1 4–0 1st
Lombard: 22–1–2 12–0–1
Oregon Agricultural Aggies / Oregon State Aggies / Oregon State Beavers (Pacific Coast Conference) (1924–1932)
1924 Oregon Agricultural 3–5 1–4 7th
1925 Oregon Agricultural 7–2 3–2 T–3rd
1926 Oregon Agricultural 7–1 4–1 T–3rd
1927 Oregon State 3–3–1 2–3 T–5th
1928 Oregon State 6–3 2–3 T–6th
1929 Oregon State 5–4 1–4 T–7th
1930 Oregon State 7–3 2–3 6th
1931 Oregon State 6–3–1 1–3–1 7th
1932 Oregon State 4–6 1–4 T–8th
Oregon Agricultural / State: 48–30–2 17–27–1
March Field Flyers (Independent) (1942–1944)
1942 March Field 5–2
1943 March Field 9–1 10
1944 March Field 7–2–2 10
March Field: 21–5–2
Total: 104–41–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


i. ^ a Nebraska basketball media guide has name spelled 'Schlisser', however other documents do show Schissler as a coach at Nebraska during that time frame, including the Nebraska baseball media guide.[6]


  1. ^ "Social Security Death Index Search Results". Retrieved December 26, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Sprechman, Jordan, and Bill Shannon. 1998. "This day in New York sports. Champaign, Ill: Sports Pub. Inc.
  3. ^ a b c d Welsch, Jeff. Tales from Oregon State Sports. Sports Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-58261-706-0. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  4. ^ "Doane College coaching records". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Nebraska Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved January 7, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "University of Nebraska Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "Schissler Named Athletic Chief at Lombard College". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. July 1, 1921. p. 18. Retrieved April 8, 2019 – via  .
  8. ^ OREGON STATE FOOTBALL HISTORY DATABASE. Retrieved on December 2, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c Ross, Charles Kenyatta. 1999. Outside the lines African Americans and the integration of the National Football League. New York: New York University Press.
  10. ^ a b c d Gill, Bob PCPFL: 1940-45. Archived November 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Professional Football Researchers Association. Retrieved December 2, 2007.

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