Coach Schafer begins his first season as the head women’s golf coach for Fontbonne University. Schafer brings 6 years of collegiate women’s golf coaching experience to the Clayton campus. He also serves as the head men’s basketball coach at Fontbonne.
Known for his ability to recruit and rebuild programs, Schafer comes to Fontbonne after serving as the assistant men’s basketball coach and athletic recruiting coordinator at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. While at Benedictine, Schafer helped the Eagles to a NAC conference championship title and a trip to the NCAA Division III National tournament. The Eagles finished the 2010-2011 season 21-8 overall and 13-3 in conference. In his first season on staff at Benedictine the Eagles went 14-11.
Before his time on staff at Benedictine, Schafer served as the head women’s golf coach and assistant men’s basketball coach for five seasons at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois from 2004-2009. At North Park, Schafer helped to rebuild a once struggling program. Inheriting just one player for the 2004 season, Schafer recruited to build the roster to six players each year from 2005-2009. He coached the 2008 team to the best one-day team total in over eight years and helped guide the Vikings to a 2008 Eagle Classic first place finish. It was the programs first team championship in the history of the women’s golf program.
Schafer coached men’s basketball for three seasons at Wayne State College in Nebraska. He served as a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach from 2001-2003 and then moved into a full time roll the following year as the assistant men’s basketball coach / sports information director during the 2003-2004 school year. In each of his three seasons on staff at Wayne, the Wildcats improved upon the overall record each year. He holds a master’s degree in sports management from Wayne State.
Schafer attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he was a member of the basketball program for three years. He played from 1997-2000, but was limited by a leg injury. In the 2000-2001 season, he served as the student assistant for Augustana, helping them to a 17-8 record. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications.
Schafer is originally from Batavia, IL where he graduated from Batavia High School. He was a three-year varsity performer and helped his team to a 68-18 record. He was twice named first team all-conference and earned several all-area honors as well. He was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee.