Todd Schaefer joins ASU women's basketball coaching staff

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) —Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer announced Saturday that Todd Schaefer has joined the Red Wolves coaching staff as an assistant coach.  Schaefer fills the position vacated by former assistant Tanya Ray, who was named head coach at Arkansas-Monticello March 27.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Schaefer comes to Arkansas State after serving the past two seasons as the head coach at Greenbrier (Ark.) High School.  Prior to that, he spent 16 years coaching at various levels of college basketball.

"I have followed and enjoyed watching Todd's career since he was a head coach at Allen Co. (Kan.) Community College, and I am looking forward to working with him," said Boyer.  "He has been successful at every level he has coached and he is a proven recruiter.  Todd has been a collegiate head coach in Memphis and Arkansas, and he has been an assistant and recruited at a very high level while in the Big East Conference.  I am excited about him bringing those experiences to Arkansas State.  An added bonus is that his wife is from Pocahontas (Ark.), so I know that he and his family are excited to be moving back to Northeast Arkansas."

Before coaching at Greenbrier, Schaefer was an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati from 2007-09, where he coordinated the Bearcat offense and served as the director of opponent scouting, among other duties.  Prior to his time at Cincinnati, he spent three seasons at Arkansas Tech, including two as head coach during the 2005-07 seasons.  While head coach at Arkansas Tech, he led the Golden Suns to a road victory over the top-ranked team in Division II basketball and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.

Prior to his time at Arkansas Tech, he served as head coach at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. from 1999-2004.  In his first season at Christian Brothers, he led the Lady Buccaneers to their first-ever berth in the Gulf South Conference Tournament.  Four years later, Schaefer directed CBU to the GSC West Division title and to the NCAA South Regional Tournament for the first time in school history.

Before coaching at CBU, he spent two seasons as head coach at Allen County Community College and two seasons as an assistant at Western Illinois.

"Coach Boyer and I have known each other for a long time, and it is a real privilege to join his staff and be a part of the tradition he is continuing to build at Arkansas State," said Schaefer.   "I have always viewed ASU as a gold mine in Arkansas.  Jonesboro is a terrific place, ASU has a gorgeous campus and I am looking forward to joining that and being a part of the Red Wolves program."

Schaefer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree while majoring in English at Thomas More College in Crestview, Ky., where he was a student assistant basketball coach and a member of the football team.  He and his wife, Lisa have two sons, Landon (4) and Will (1).

"I will soon be starting my 13th season here at Arkansas State, and I don't remember ever being this excited in May, for the upcoming season to get here," said Boyer.  "Our returning players had a very good post-season and I can tell that they are going to stay very committed throughout the summer.  The recruiting class that is coming in is going to bring a great deal of talent to this program.  Assistant coaches Leslie Larsen and Jennifer Sullivan have done an outstanding job during the past month in wrapping up our recruiting class and working through the process of getting each of the newcomers enrolled at ASU.  Our schedule is coming together nicely, and I think it will once again be a very attractive schedule for our season ticket holders.  And lastly, hiring an assistant as talented as Todd is a tremendous addition.  All of these things already have me anxious for next year to get here."