Mike Schafer
Career highlights
Playing career

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 | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cornell (assistant) (ECAC) (1986-87–1989-90)
1986-87 Cornell 11-16-0 8-14-0 9th
1987-88 Cornell 19-9-0 15-7-0 3rd
1988-89 Cornell 16-13-1 13-9-0 t–5th
1989-90 Cornell 16-10-3 12-7-3 t–3rd
Western Michigan (assistant) (CCHA) (1990-91–1994-95)
1990-91 Western Michigan 22-17-3 16-14-2 4th
1991-92 Western Michigan 16-14-6 14-12-6 4th
1992-93 Western Michigan 20-16-2 17-11-2 5th
1993-94 Western Michigan 24-13-3 18-10-2 4th
1994-95 Western Michigan 17-18-5 9-14-4 7th
Cornell (ECAC Hockey) (1995-96–present)
1995-96 Cornell 21-9-4 14-4-4 4th NCAA Regional Quarterfinals
1996-97 Cornell 21-9-5 14-6-2 2nd NCAA Regional Semifinals
1997-98 Cornell 15-16-2 9-12-1 8th ECAC Four vs. Five
1998-99 Cornell 12-15-4 9-10-3 7th ECAC Quarterfinals
1999-00 Cornell 16-14-2 10-9-1 t–4th ECAC Third Place (Loss)
2000-01 Cornell 16-12-5 11-8-3 4th ECAC Championship
2001-02 Cornell 25-8-2 17-3-2 1st NCAA Regional Semifinals
2002-03 Cornell 30-5-1 19-2-1 1st NCAA Frozen Four
2003-04 Cornell 16-10-6 13-6-3 2nd ECAC Quarterfinals
2004-05 Cornell 27-5-3 18-2-2 1st NCAA Regional Finals
2005-06 Cornell 22-9-4 13-6-3 3rd NCAA Regional Finals
2006-07 Cornell 14-13-4 10-8-4 t–4th ECAC Quarterfinals
2007-08 Cornell 19-14-3 12-9-1 t–4th ECAC Third Place (Win)
2009-09 Cornell 22-10-4 13-6-3 2nd NCAA Regional Finals
2009-10 Cornell 21-9-4 14-5-3 2nd NCAA Regional Semifinals
2010-11 Cornell 16-15-3 11-9-2 t–4th ECAC Championship (Loss)
2011-12 Cornell 19-9-7 12-4-6 2nd NCAA Regional Finals
2012-13 Cornell 15-16-3 8-11-3 t–9th ECAC Quarterfinals
2013-14 Cornell 17-10-5 11-7-4 4th ECAC Semifinals
Cornell: 364-208-71 238-147-51
Total: 364-208-71

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

References[edit | edit source]

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

External links[edit | edit source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Morris

Stan Moore
Tim Taylor Award

Succeeded by

Stan Moore

Bob Gaudet
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