Mike Schafer

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Mike Schafer
Sport(s)Ice hockey
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamCornell
Biographical details
BornDurham, Ontario
Playing career
1982–1986Cornell
Position(s)Defenseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1990
1990–1995
1995–present
Cornell (assistant)
Western Michigan (assistant)
Cornell
Head coaching record
Overall364-208-71
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
ECAC Regular Season Championship (2002, 2003, 2005)
ECAC Tournament Championship (1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010)
Awards
2002 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2003 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2005 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
 
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Mike Schafer
Sport(s)Ice hockey
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamCornell
Biographical details
BornDurham, Ontario
Playing career
1982–1986Cornell
Position(s)Defenseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1990
1990–1995
1995–present
Cornell (assistant)
Western Michigan (assistant)
Cornell
Head coaching record
Overall364-208-71
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
ECAC Regular Season Championship (2002, 2003, 2005)
ECAC Tournament Championship (1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010)
Awards
2002 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2003 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2005 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year

Mike Schafer is the Men's Ice Hockey Coach at Cornell. He graduated from Cornell in 1986 with a degree in business management after leading the team to its first conference tournament championship in six years.[1] Schafer retired as a player after his senior season and immediately became an assistant with the Big Red. Schafer left his alma mater after the 1989-90 season, taking a similar position with the Western Michigan Broncos of the WCHA. Five years later, after a downturn in the program that saw three consecutive losing seasons (including back-to-back single digit-win years) Cornell replaced Brian McCutcheon with Schafer as head coach. Schafer quickly returned the Big Red to prominence, winning the ECAC Hockey conference tournament his first two season back in Ithaca. Schafer has remained with Cornell ever since, becoming the second-longest tenured head coach (behind only Nick Bawlf) and the winningest (364) in team history.[2]

Schafer has been credited as one of college hockey's premier defensive coaches as his teams consistently produce among the lowest goals allowed annually. Two of Schafer's goaltenders (David LeNeveu in 2003 and David McKee in 2005) hold the second and third lowest goals against averages in NCAA history for one season[3] with the former backstopping the Big Red to their first frozen four since 1980 and first overall seed in 2003 (a rarity for ECAC programs). Schafer has made more appearances in the ECAC tournament championship game than any other head coach with 10 and is tied (with Joe Marsh) for the most victories at 5. Schafer's 2003 team is thus far the only one to reach 30 wins in Cornell's history (though the 1970 championship team is close with 29 victories).

Coaching record[edit]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Cornell (assistant) (ECAC) (1986-87–1989-90)
1986-87Cornell11-16-08-14-09th
1987-88Cornell19-9-015-7-03rd
1988-89Cornell16-13-113-9-0t–5th
1989-90Cornell16-10-312-7-3t–3rd
Western Michigan (assistant) (CCHA) (1990-91–1994-95)
1990-91Western Michigan22-17-316-14-24th
1991-92Western Michigan16-14-614-12-64th
1992-93Western Michigan20-16-217-11-25th
1993-94Western Michigan24-13-318-10-24th
1994-95Western Michigan17-18-59-14-47th
Cornell (ECAC Hockey) (1995-96–present)
1995-96Cornell21-9-414-4-44thNCAA Regional Quarterfinals
1996-97Cornell21-9-514-6-22ndNCAA Regional Semifinals
1997-98Cornell15-16-29-12-18thECAC Four vs. Five
1998-99Cornell12-15-49-10-37thECAC Quarterfinals
1999-00Cornell16-14-210-9-1t–4thECAC Third Place (Loss)
2000-01Cornell16-12-511-8-34thECAC Championship
2001-02Cornell25-8-217-3-21stNCAA Regional Semifinals
2002-03Cornell30-5-119-2-11stNCAA Frozen Four
2003-04Cornell16-10-613-6-32ndECAC Quarterfinals
2004-05Cornell27-5-318-2-21stNCAA Regional Finals
2005-06Cornell22-9-413-6-33rdNCAA Regional Finals
2006-07Cornell14-13-410-8-4t–4thECAC Quarterfinals
2007-08Cornell19-14-312-9-1t–4thECAC Third Place (Win)
2009-09Cornell22-10-413-6-32ndNCAA Regional Finals
2009-10Cornell21-9-414-5-32ndNCAA Regional Semifinals
2010-11Cornell16-15-311-9-2t–4thECAC Championship (Loss)
2011-12Cornell19-9-712-4-62ndNCAA Regional Finals
2012-13Cornell15-16-38-11-3t–9thECAC Quarterfinals
2013-14Cornell17-10-511-7-44thECAC Semifinals
Cornell:364-208-71238-147-51
Total:364-208-71

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ECAC Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Cornell Men's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff". Cornell Big Red. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  3. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_icehockey_rb/2009/MIH%20DI%202009.pdf

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Morris


Stan Moore
Tim Taylor Award
2001–02
2002–03

2004–05
Succeeded by

Stan Moore

Bob Gaudet