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Arkansas (Pete Carroll was a member of that Razorbacks staff) before spending four seasons (1978-81) at Washington State (first two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding offensive coordinator duties for his final two seasons). Ruel was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas A&M for the next three years (1982-84), before carrying that role (along with assistant head coach) to Northern Illinois (1985-87). Ruel served at Kansas from 1988-96, with the first three seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then adding assistant head coach to his title the final years. The Jayhawks played in the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls. After spending 1997 in private business, Ruel coached at Michigan State for two years (1998-99), the first year as the offensive line coach and then adding assistant head coach duties in the second season. The Spartans played in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl. Ruel lettered at offensive guard for Miami in 1971 and 1972 while receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1972. Ruel prepped at Coral Gables High, where he starred in football. He was born on December 5, 1950. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra. His full name is Golden Pat Ruel. BRIAN SCHNEIDER SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 8TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 10TH YEAR Named to his current position on February 4, 2010, Schneider returned to the NFL after one year at USC. Since 2010, his special teams units rank fourth in the NFL in touchdowns/safeties scored (13), rank fifth in takeaways (14), and second in blocked kicks (18). His teams have scored at least once in six of the last seven seasons. Kickoff returner Tyler Lockett was named a second-team AP All-Pro in 2016, P Jon Ryan set the club record for consecutive games played at 143 and K Steven Hauschka departs Seattle as its all-time leader in field goals made with 175 and leaves the club with the third-highest field goal percentage in NFL history (87.2). In 2015, Schneider coached rookie Lockett to a first-team AP All-Pro season as a return specialist. Lockett became the second player in NFL history (Hall of Famer Gale Sayers) to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns and have five receiving touchdowns in a single-season. Lockett returned a kickoff 105 yards for a franchise-record and his 1,915 combined yards are the fourth-most in a season in franchise history, and his 139 punt return yards at Arizona set the club record. Hauschka recorded his fifth-straight 100-point season and was second in the NFL with a .938 conversion rate, while also posting a streak of 19-consecutive made field goals (third-longest in franchise history). In 2014, Hauschka tied the franchise record converting a 58-yard field goal at Carolina. Ryan was named the Special Teams Player of the Month for September after averaging 48.3 yards per punt with a 43.3 net avg. and landing seven of his 12 punts inside the 20. Seattle’s special teams showcased its strong coverage units and reliable kicking game during 2013’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship season. Hauschka had a career-year converting 33 of 35 field goals (Seahawks single-season record .943) for a club-record 143 kicker points. He also converted 22 consecutive field goals, the second-longest streak in franchise history. Seattle’s punt coverage unit allowed only 25 yards through the first 15 games, on track to set the NFL record for a 16-game season, but came up just shy of that record, settling for 82 return yards and second place. Special teams played a major role in the Super Bowl. Missing the majority of the season, Percy Harvin returned and took the second-half opening kick 87 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead to propel Seattle to the title. In 2012, Seattle’s special teams unit excelled in all phases and set records in the process. Schneider’s unit scored on a blocked punt, kickoff return, muffed punt and blocked field goal during the season. The blocked field goal vs. San Francisco was returned 90 yards, the third-longest field goal block return in NFL history. Kick returner Leon Washington led the NFC (2nd NFL) with a 29.0 kickoff return average and tied the NFL record with his eighth-career kickoff return for a touchdown coming at Miami. Ryan set the franchise mark with a 40.8 net average and became just the third punter in NFL history to average 60-plus yards per punt in a single game (4 for 240 vs. New England). Hauschka also set a franchise mark making at least one field goal in 14 consecutive games (2011-12). Schneider’s kickers were again a strong unit in 2011. 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 a new kicker in Hauschka, he converted 25 of 30 field goals 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). In his first season, Seattle’s special teams were one of the top units in the NFL. Schneider’s schemes helped 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. 59


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