Coaches

Brian Schneider
Special Teams Coordinator
College:
Colorado State
Experience:
5

Named to his current position on February 4, 2010, Schneider returned to the NFL after one year at USC.

His special teams units have led the league in blocked kicks the last two seasons, aided by Red Bryant’s four blocked kicks in 2011. Schneider’s kickers were again a strong unit in 2011.

 Punter Jon Ryan continued his consistent play, breaking his own club record for highest punting average in a season (46.6) and leading the NFL with a career-high 34 punts landing inside the 20, tying for the second-most in Seattle history. Working with new kicker Steven Hauschka, he converted a career-high 25 of 30 field goals (.833) on the season, tied the franchise mark and set a career-high with five made field goals vs. Baltimore and holds the club mark for longest field goal attempt (61). Hauschka enters 2012 with at least one made field goal in 12 straight games, tying (Todd Peterson, 1997-98) for the longest streak in franchise history.

Named to his current position on February 4, 2010, Schneider returned to the NFL after one year at USC.

His special teams units have led the league in blocked kicks the last two seasons, aided by Red Bryant’s four blocked kicks in 2011. Schneider’s kickers were again a strong unit in 2011.

Punter Jon Ryan continued his consistent play, breaking his own club record for highest punting average in a season (46.6) and leading the NFL with a career-high 34 punts landing inside the 20, tying for the second-most in Seattle history. Working with new kicker Steven Hauschka, he converted a career-high 25 of 30 field goals (.833) on the season, tied the franchise mark and set a career-high with five made field goals vs. Baltimore and holds the club mark for longest field goal attempt (61). Hauschka enters 2012 with at least one made field goal in 12 straight games, tying (Todd Peterson, 1997-98) for the longest streak in franchise history.

In his first season, Seattle’s special teams were one of the top units in the NFL. Schneider’s schemes helped Leon Washington become a second-team AP All-Pro kick returner and helped the team to rank third in the NFL with an average drive start at the 30.2 yard line. The Seahawks also excelled in kick coverage, as they ranked fifth in the NFL with opponents starting at their own 24.6 yard line.

Washington tied for the league-lead with three kickoff return touchdowns and became the first player in NFL history to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in two different seasons (2007). He became the 10th player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game. Those two returns, 101 and 99 yards, are the longest in Seahawks history, and he became the third player in NFL history with two touchdowns of 99-plus yards in the same game.

His individual kickers won Special Teams Player of the Week awards with Olindo Mare earning Week 7 honors after connecting on a Seahawks-record five field goals vs. Arizona. Mare also set a Seahawks record with 30 consecutive made field goals that also tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. Punter Jon Ryan set a career-high with 27 punts inside the 20 and his 27:1 inside the 20 to touchback ratio led the NFL. He was named Special Teams Player of the Week 17 vs. St. Louis.

Schneider coached special teams in Oakland for two seasons (2007-08). In both seasons, Shane Lechler led the NFL in punting and was named to the Pro Bowl.

In 2006, he handled the special teams and tight ends at Iowa State. He then moved briefly to the Air Force Academy in early 2007 before being hired by the Raiders that season.

He moved to UCLA for three seasons (2003- 05), working with the linebackers and safeties in addition to the special teams. Maurice Jones- Drew led the nation in punt returns in 2005.

 Schneider began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Colorado State, for three years (1994-96), working with the special teams and defense. He then was promoted as a full-time assistant for the next six seasons (1997-2002), as the special teams coordinator and coaching the tight ends.

He was a four-year (1990-93) letterwinning linebacker at Colorado State, starting three seasons and earning All-Conference first-team honors as a senior in 1993. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from Colorado State in 1994.

Schneider starred in football, basketball and track at Pomona High in Arvada, Colo. He was born on May 16, 1971. Schneider and his wife, Kelli, have a daughter, Jaden, and three sons, Jace, Joby, and Joel.

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