Robert "Bob" Schoonover
Induction Class of 2012
Schoonover was the head coach for the OU men’s soccer team from 1965 to 1971. During his seven years at the helm of the Braves soccer program, Schoonover led OU to three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament. The Braves finished sixth in 1969, fifth in 1970, and third in 1971.
Schoonover was named Area II Coach of the Year in 1971, ending his career with a 67-30-3 (.670) record. He led the Braves to three Conference Titles, one Mo-Kan Championship in 1969, and two Mid-West Conference Championships in 1970 and 1971. Schoonover coached 16 All-Area II Selections, one Area II Offensive Player of the Year, one Area II Defensive Player of the Year, four NAIA All-Americans, three NAIA All-Tournament Selections, fourteen All-Conference selections, one Conference Offensive Player of the Year, one Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and three Midwest All-star selections.
Schoonover spent more than 50 years working in secondary and higher education before retiring in May 2011. Before beginning his career in higher education, he served as a high school teacher, coach and principal. He coached collegiate soccer on-and-off for more than 20 years, founding the soccer program at Hardin Simmons University in the 1970s and coaching four All-American players who went on to play on a World Cup Team. He also was responsible for starting the soccer program at Cumberland College in the early 1990s.