Palm Beach County Sports Commission Announces New Ex-officio Board Members

August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010
Contact: Kimberly Whetsel, Director of Marketing


Palm Beach County Sports Commission Announces New Ex-officio Board Members


WEST PALM BEACH, FL—The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is pleased to announce the appointments of two new ex-officio board members. Coach Howard Schnellenberger, Director of Football Operations/Head Football Coach of Florida Atlantic University, and Eric Call, Assistant Director of Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, will serve on the board in an advisory capacity.


Howard Schnellenberger is currently the Head Football Coach for Florida Atlantic University. He joined FAU in 1998 with   the opportunity to build the football program from the ground up. He took to the challenge and the FAU football team made its debut on September 1, 2001. FAU holds the record for the fastest start-up program to earn a Division I-A victory, is the fastest program to reach the Division I-AA playoffs and the fastest start up program to be invited to a bowl game. Schnellenberger began his coaching career in 1959. His legendary and storied career highlights include: four national collegiate football championships (Alabama '61, '64, ’65; Miami '83), seven NFL playoff teams (Miami Dolphins '70, '71, '72, '76, '79; Los Angeles Rams '67, '69), best record in NFL history as the Miami Dolphins' Offensive Coordinator (17-0 in '72), 1983 National Champions (University of Miami) and 1983 National Coach of the Year.

Eric Call is currently the Assistant Director of Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and has served in this position since 1995. He started with the organization in October of 1984 and has held a myriad of positions within the department in his 26 year tenure. Over the years, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation has played a major role in supporting numerous Sports Commission events and programs. Call’s professional affiliations include National Recreation and Park Association, Florida Recreation and Park Association and Florida Institute of Park Personnel. Call attended the University of Florida where he was a pitcher for the Gators baseball team, then drafted by Major League Baseball. 


“The appointments of Coach Schnellenberger and Eric Call bring a variety of industry representation to the board along with a diversity of experience in sports, events and facility management,” says Patty Dent, President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “We look forward to having them join us as a member of our organization.” 

About Palm Beach County Sports Commission

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to



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