Paul J. Schissler
File:Paul Schissler.jpg
Schissler from 1918 Cornhusker
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1893-11-11)November 11, 1893
DiedApril 16, 1968(1968-04-16) (aged 74)
Hastings, Nebraska
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Hastings HS (NE)
St. Viator
Nebraska (assistant)
Oregon Agricultural
Chicago Cardinals
Brooklyn Dodgers

Nebraska Wesleyan

Head coaching record
Overall53–32–2 (college football)
14–29–3 (NFL)
39–11 (college basketball)
20–14 (college baseball)
College Football Data Warehouse

Paul J. Schissler (November 11, 1893 – April 16, 1968)[1] was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach in the United States. 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]


Coaching careerEdit

Schissler first coaching position was as the head football coach at Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska. He coached there for two seasons, from 1913 to 1914.[3]


Schissler's first collegiate position was as the head coach at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He only coached one season with Doane College during the 1915 season. 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]


Schissler was the 16th head coach for the Doane College Tigers located in Crete, Nebraska and he held that position for the 1915 season. His coaching record at Doane was 5–3. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 14th at Doane in total wins and seventh at Doane in winning percentage (.625).[4]


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]

Oregon Edit

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.[7] 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.[8][9] There he coached and played with Kenny Washington before Washington was allowed to play in the NFL.[8][9] Schissler sold Washington's contract to the Los Angeles Rams in 1946.[8][9] 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.[9] 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
Doane Tigers () (1915)
1915 Doane 5–3
Doane: 5–3
Oregon Agricultural 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 Agricultural 3–3–1 2–3 T–5th
1928 Oregon Agricultural 6–3 2–3 T–6th
1929 Oregon Agricultural 5–4 1–4 T–7th
1930 Oregon Agricultural 7–3 2–3 6th
1931 Oregon Agricultural 6–3–1 1–3–1 7th
1932 Oregon Agricultural 4–6 1–4 T–8th
Oregon Agricultural: 48–30–2
Total: 53–32–2


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]


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