@DuqFB Head Coach Jerry Schmitt Receives Five-Year Contract Extension
Aug. 31, 2016
PITTSBURGH – Duquesne University Director of Athletics Dave Harper announced today that the contract of head football coach Jerry Schmitt has been extended through 2020-21. Schmitt, who has led DU to six conference titles in 11 years, guided the Dukes to their first FCS Championship appearance in 2015.
“I have had the great pleasure of working with Jerry as a teammate for almost a full year,” said Harper. “Jerry has created a model for his program that will allow his teams to consistently chase conference championships. The football program has gained a stronger national footprint and continues to grow its reputation at the FCS level.
“Jerry is committed to Duquesne, his family, and the Pittsburgh community. He is a tireless worker, has a great staff, and continuously asks how he can elevate his program both competitively and academically. Duquesne values him greatly and we are taking steps to assure he and his team are supported for success on a daily basis.”
Schmitt, 55, led the Dukes to three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League titles before the program moved to the Northeast Conference and began granting scholarships in 2008. The two-time MAAC Coach of the Year, has led DU to three NEC titles in the past five years, including the school’s first outright championship and NCAA appearance last year.
“I would like to thank the Board of Directors, President Gormley and Dave Harper for their continued support of the Duquesne football program,” said Schmitt. “I am both humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to coach at Duquesne, and I am thrilled about our future.
"The commitment shown by our administration is a credit to our student-athletes, coaches and support staff who have worked so hard to build the type of football program that embodies the University mission. As a lifetime Pittsburgher, it means a lot to my family and me to have the continued privilege of coaching at Duquesne.”
Duquesne has won more overall games (42) and more conference games (26) than any NEC program over the past six years, and has also posted more winning seasons in conference play than any other NEC program over that same span.
Schmitt spent 11 years as an assistant at Duquesne in the late 1980s and 1990s before taking the head coaching position at his alma mater, Westminster College, in 2000. He was named DU’s head coach prior to the 2005 season.
The Pittsburgh native ranks third on Duquesne’s career wins list with 68. Only Greg Gattuso (97 wins in 12 seasons) and Dan McCann (91 wins in 19 seasons), have posted more victories.
Duquesne opens the 2016 season on Thursday night at Youngstown State (ESPN3).