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Herb Schmalenberger

Herb Schmalenberger
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born 1925
Oakland, California
Died June 27, 2006
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958, 1964-1969 Cal Davis
Head coaching record
Overall 6-8-2
College Football Data Warehouse

Herb Schmalenberger (1925 - June 27, 2006) was a college football coach at UC Davis.[1] He served as head coach of football for the Aggies in 1958 and again from 1964 to 1969, men's swimming from 1957 to 1962 and men's basketball for the 1957-1958 season. He was interim athletics director in 1972 and 1988.

Personal life

Schmalenberger was born in 1925 in Oakland, California, where he first grew to love athletics while enrolled in an after-school sports program. He went on to play football and basketball in high school and received a scholarship to attend Washington State University in Pullman.

He studied briefly at Washington State and Willamette University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served as a submarine radioman for three years.

After World War II Schmalenberger returned to college, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in history, as well as a California secondary teaching credential from UC Berkeley, where he played football for four years, including two Rose Bowl games. He helped coach the freshman football team during his fifth year at the university.

Schmalenberger went on to earn his master's degree from UC Berkeley in 1958 and completed coursework toward his doctorate at the University of Oregon while simultaneously teaching and coaching.

Schmalenberger was married for 58 years to his wife, Maxine, and had five children and seven grandchildren.

Coaching career

After graduating from college, Schmalenberger taught high school physical education and history for five years before coming to UC Davis in 1956 as assistant football coach and physical education instructor. He coached the Aggies to a 7-2 record and a share of the Far Western Conference title.

During his 25 years at UC Davis, Schmalenberger served as vice chairman of the physical education department and supervisor in the teaching credential program. He also taught physical education activity and methods courses; he advised over 200 physical education major students during his tenure at UC Davis.

In his final season as head football coach, three of his players were drafted by the National Football League. He retired from the university in 1991.

Schmalenberger was active in promoting youth sports, establishing a summer sports program for local children and leading workshops for coaches throughout Northern California. He also served on the advisory commission for the Davis Recreation Department.


  1. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Herb Schmalenberger Records by Year
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