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 lead the NFL in touchdowns/safeties scored (11) and takeaways (14), and rank second in blocked kicks (15).
His teams have scored at least once in each of the last five seasons.
Last season, kicker Steven Hauschka recorded his fourth-straight 100-point season and tied the franchise record converting a 58-yard field goal at Carolina. Punter Jon 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.
Kicker 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. Punter 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 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.
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. Ryan had 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 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) letter-winning 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.