Former Benedictine assistant basketball coach to lead Mesa branch sports

March 13, 2014

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 Mesa, Arizona ~ Benedictine University at Mesa has announced the hiring of Steve Schafer as the associate athletic director and head golf coach. 

Schafer comes to BenU at Mesa after spending three years as the head men’s basketball coach and head women’s golf coach at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo. He was the director of daily operations for the men’s basketball program, and led the 2013 women’s golf team to multiple school records and the best season in school history.

“I have enjoyed my time at Fontbonne and am very grateful to the university for providing me with my first head coaching job,” Schafer said. “Having said that, I am extremely excited to be rejoining the Benedictine University family.”

Schafer is no stranger to Benedictine. He spent two years as the assistant men’s basketball coach and athletic recruiting coordinator at the main campus in Lisle, Ill. During his time at BenU, Schafer helped lead the Eagles to a 2011 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title and a bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.

On the administrative side, he assisted and collaborated with the enrollment office in tracking prospective student-athletes for the entire athletic department.

“Benedictine is an outstanding university with great leadership,” Schafer said.

Schafer has more than 12 years of experience in college athletics, including time at Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), Wayne State and North Park University. He served as assistant men’s basketball coach, head women’s golf coach and sports information director at North Park before joining the staff at Benedictine’s main campus.

“It was clear from the beginning that Steve is the right individual to accomplish the vision set forth for the sports program at Benedictine University at Mesa,” said Mark McHorney, Benedictine’s director of Athletics. “His skill set is important to the continued growth of sports to an athletic department.

“It was important that we have someone who understands what Benedictine is about. This is an important historic step for the institution in Mesa. This program is going to continue to grow through the years,” McHorney said.

Schafer will run the day-to-day operations of eight sport programs in Mesa – men’s and women’s cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball. The University is seeking to add additional sports for the 2015-2016 season, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball.

For more information on BenU at Mesa sports, visit the website at www.benumesasports.com.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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