A nine-year head coach at the junior college and Division II level, Todd Schaefer enters his second season as associate head coach on J. Kelley Hall's staff. Schaefer, a native of Cincinnati and graduate of Finneytown High School, made his return to the Queen City after more than a decade of coaching college basketball across the country.
Schaefer came to the Bearcats from Arkansas Tech University where he was head coach from 2005-07, compiling a 37-22 record. Schaefer had taken over a Golden Suns program coming off the worst consecutive seasons in the program's history. During the 2006-2007 season, Schaefer led the Golden Suns to a 22-10 record, the Gulf South Conference Championship game, an NCAA Division II Tournament at-large berth, and a first-round Division II Tournament win.
Schaefer had two players earn GSC All-Conference honors, had a player earn a GSC first-team all-academic award and had a conference-high eight players make the GSC Academic Honor Roll. The Golden Suns carried a 3.2 overall grade point average during the fall semester. Schaefer was promoted to the helm of the Golden Suns program after one season as assistant coach in 2004-2005.
Prior to his stint at Arkansas Tech, Schaefer was the head coach at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., for five seasons, amassing an overall record of 60-76. In his first season, 1999-2000, he led the Lady Bucs to their first-ever NCAA postseason tournament appearance by qualifying for the Gulf South Conference Tournament.
By his fifth and final season his hard work and recruiting efforts produced one of the best seasons in the school's history as CBU won its first and only GSC Western Division regular season championship, and earned the school's only NCAA Division II National Tournament bid in 2003-2004. The accomplishment is all the more remarkable considering the 2002-2003 edition of the Lady Bucs, decimated by injury, posted just a 5-22 record. CBU finished the 2003-2004 season with a school-best 23-7 record, marking the biggest single-season turnaround in Division II women's basketball history.
While at CBU, Schaefer had five different players earn GSC all-conference honors and one player earn GSC Freshman of the Year. His teams regularly had cumulative grade point averages over 3.0 and every player that finished their eligibility at CBU under Schaefer walked away with their degrees.
Schaefer secured his first head coaching position when he was appointed to the helm of the women's basketball program at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas in 1997. He remained at ACCC for two seasons where his teams were competitive in the toughest Junior College conference in the country. Schaefer recruited and coached the Jayhawk Conference's Eastern Division Player of the Year and NJCAA scoring champion Heather Baker. Until the 2006-07 season Baker held the NJCAA National record for points in a game, when she totaled 57 points versus Highland Community College.
Schaefer's professional coaching experience began in 1995 when he was hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Illinois University, in Macomb, IL. At WIU, Schaefer was responsible for two recruiting classes that included two players who earned high school honorable mention All-America honors, one Mid-Continent Conference Freshman of the Year award, and two all-conference selections.
He gave up his football career and started his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant while attending Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. While at Thomas More, he helped coach Kim Prewitt, who broke the single-season record for 3-point field goals made in a season with 107 in 1994. Schaefer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications from Thomas More College in 1995.
Schaefer was an honorable mention all-state performer in football and baseball at Finneytown High School where he earned four letters in football and baseball and two in basketball.
He is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and is married to the former Lisa Harper of Pocahontas, Ark. The couple had their first child, Landon Harper Schaefer, on August 24, 2006.