Little Rock, Arkansas - The Players All-Star Classic, a college football all-star game that will be played at War Memorial Stadium, AT&T Field in Little Rock, Arkansas at 4pm eastern, 3pm central on February 4th, 2012 is proud to announce well-known NFL and United Football League (UFL) coaches Kurt Schottenheimer and Martin Bayless as the head coaches of this year's game.
Schottenheimer will coach the South team and Bayless will head up the North team. Both coaches just got finished coaching this season in the UFL and have impressive professional football resumes to draw upon to help prepare the NFL prospects that will be playing in their final college football game.
Schottenheimer brings over 30 years of coaching experience, including 22 seasons in the NFL in many different capacities, including being the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and Detroit Lions. This past season, he was on the Virginia Destroyers staff of the UFL, which won the league's Championship in October. He is the younger brother of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer and the uncle of current New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Bayless, a veteran coach with more than 25 years of experience in the professional ranks, is a former fourth-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1984 NFL Draft; was also a first-round pick by the Memphis Showboats of the USFL. During a 14-year NFL career, Bayless played in 192 games and started 153 games while making 1,186 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 12 career interceptions. A college football standout at Bowling Green, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1989 and still ranks second in the NCAA record books for career interceptions with 27.
Bayless, last season, was the Sacramento Mountain Lions defensive coordinator and special team’s coordinator in the UFL. He has also coached with the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders in the NFL.
“We are very excited that we have two head coaches with such experience as Coach Schottenheimer and Coach Bayless and we think with their pro football experience that will help the NFL prospects that will play in the game,” said the Players All-Star Classic ownership group.
Please check back over the coming days as we will announce the coordinators and assistant coaches for both staffs, as well as, our live television agreement and our community and charitable events that will be part of this year's game.