2009
Former Batavia standout, North Park coach named assistant at Benedictine

Former Batavia standout, North Park coach named assistant at Benedictine
June 4, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Steve Schafer, former assistant basketball coach at North Park University and an all-conference and all-area performer during his high school career at Batavia High School, has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at Benedictine University, Director of Athletics Mark McHorney announced recently. Schafer is a 1997 graduate of Batavia High School, where he helped the Bulldogs amass a 68-18 record during his three-year varsity basketball career. After graduating from Batavia, he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he played basketball until an injury sidelined him during the 2000-2001 season. Schafer earned a master’s degree in sports management at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, where he also served as a graduate assistant basketball coach and later assistant men’s basketball coach/sports information director. He has been an assistant basketball coach at North Park University since 2004. At Benedictine, Schafer will serve as an assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. Benedictine University men’s basketball coach Keith Bunkenburg, who led the Eagles to the Northern Athletic Conference South Division title in 2008-2009, is excited about adding Schafer to his staff. “Steve is a quality coach and recruiter,” Bunkenburg said. “Our basketball program and University will benefit from his experience and energy. I am extremely excited he is on board and look forward to working with him.” Schafer resides in Chicago with his wife, Tracy.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.