Vic Schaefer is in his 15th season as the associate head coach to head coach Gary Blair and his ninth overall season at Texas A&M. Schaefer, Class of 1984, is one of a few Aggies to be fortunate enough to coach at his alma mater.
"Coach Schaefer takes a lot of responsibility off of me, so that I can tend to the other things that a head coach has to do," Blair said. "I cannot think of too many coaches in the Big 12 who have the opportunity to coach at their alma mater, relive those experiences and then teach the young ladies today why being an Aggie is so special."
Schaefer has helped mold the Texas A&M women's basketball program into one of the top defensive ball clubs in the nation. The nationally-ranked Aggies reached new heights during the 2010-11 season capturing the program's first national championship in its first-ever trip to the NCAA Women's Final Four. A&M earned a program-best No. 1 ranking in the national polls, a school-record sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and closed out the year with a 33-5 record, the most victories in program history.
With Schaefer's guidance on defense, the Aggies claimed the top turnover margin in the country last season to only improve their ranking of third best in the nation in 2009. That same year A&M made a run to the NCAA Sweet 16, preceded by an Elite Eight appearance in 2008. The Aggies then garnered their third straight Big 12 Championship in 2010.
Nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense," his defensive acumen and his approach to the game are his strengths, but he has also been a part of eight top 20 recruiting classes at A&M and Arkansas combined. In fact, Schaefer helped sign the No. 6 class in the nation in 2008-09, the No. 5 class in the nation in 2009-10 and the No. 3 class in the nation in 2010-11 - the highest-rated classes in school history. He was one of five Division I assistant coaches to be named BasketballScoop.com's 2009 Coaches of the Year and also works with the Aggies' post players.
"Vic is the ultimate family man who brings family to our basketball team," Blair said. "We play defense like a family and he has undoubtedly turned A&M into one of the best defensive ball clubs in the country."
In the summer of 2007, Schaefer led the U.S. William Jones Cup Team to a bronze medal in Taipei, Taiwan. He partnered with Athletes In Action to coach some of the top women's college basketball players in the nation. In his first international coaching assignment, Schaefer guided Team USA to a 4-2 record in tournament pool play with victories over Japan, New Zealand, Korea and Chinese Taipei. He is the only associate head coach to be named the head coach of the U.S. Jones Cup Team in its history.
Schaefer previously coached at the University of Arkansas under Blair from 1997-2003. There, he directed the program's defensive strategy, post players, opponent scouting, as well as assisted in recruiting and overseeing scheduling. Among his pupils was Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and All-SEC First Team selection Shameka Christon who currently plays in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky.
Schaefer's impressive coaching resume also includes serving as head women's basketball coach from 1990-97 at Sam Houston State. While at Sam Houston, Schaefer coached Southland Conference Player of the Year Sierena Autman during his first season in 1990-91. In three of his last four seasons at SHSU, a LadyKat won either the SLC's Freshman or Newcomer of the Year honor. Voted Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 1996, Schaefer was honored for leading the SHSU program to its most wins in a decade with an 18-10 record.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Schaefer has spent significant time in the Houston area. He earned all-state honors in basketball at Houston Lutheran High School and later played two years at Alvin Community College. Schaefer previously served as an assistant boys coach at Baytown Lee High School from 1984-85. He later served as an assistant boys coach at Houston Milby High School from 1985-87 and again from 1989-90. In between Milby stints, Schaefer served as the assistant coach at Sam Houston State for the men's basketball team from 1987-89.
A dedicated father and husband, Schaefer is married to the former Holly Davis who played basketball at Arkansas State and was later an assistant coach at UT Arlington. She is currently a teacher and eighth grade girls basketball and track coach at A&M Consolidated Middle School in College Station. The couple has twin 16-year-olds, Blair Nicole and Charles Logan, and resides in College Station. They are active members of Brazos Fellowship Church.