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. 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.
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 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]
|Cornell (assistant) (ECAC) (1986-87–1989-90)|
|Western Michigan (assistant) (CCHA) (1990-91–1994-95)|
|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|
|1999-00||Cornell||16-14-2||10-9-1||t–4th||ECAC Third Place (Loss)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Conference Regular Season Champion
Conference Tournament Champion
References[edit | edit source]
- "ECAC Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-17.
- "Cornell Men's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff", Cornell Big Red. Retrieved on 2013-06-17.
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- Mike Schafer's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mike Schafer's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Cornell Men's Ice Hockey History at USCHO.com
- ECAC Hockey Regular Season Standings
|Awards and achievements|
|Tim Taylor Award
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