COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M associate women’s basketball head coach Vic Schaefer has been selected to coach the U.S. William Jones Cup Team this summer from Aug. 4-8 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Schaefer will partner with Athletes In Action to coach selected women’s college basketball players from across the country. This is the first year that the women’s Jones Cup team will be sponsored by AIA which is an associate member of USA Basketball. Schaefer and the AIA basketball staff are currently assembling the coaching staff and player roster. This will be his first international coaching assignment.
“This is a group I can identify with,” said Schaefer, who is in his fourth season at his alma mater Texas A&M. “It will be an opportunity for the Jones Cup players to experience growth in their game and growth in their spiritual life.”
One of the most popular basketball events in Taiwan, all Jones Cup games will be played in Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium. Eight participating teams will play in a single-round robin system to determine the winner. Last season, countries represented in the international tournament included host Taiwan, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and Korea.
Schaefer was recommended for the job by Tracey Tarkington, Director of Athletes In Action USA Basketball. Tarkington, a former Division I women’s basketball coach, has known Schaefer for years. She approached him about the opportunity to coach, because of his strong Christian faith and his success as one of the top defensive minds in the coaching profession.
“This is a very unique opportunity that I feel a calling for,” Schaefer said. “It is an opportunity of a lifetime to lead a group of young individuals in international competition and be examples and fisher of men for the Lord. I felt like it was an opportunity I could not turn down.”
The tour to Taiwan is just one of many for Athletes in Action. Between May and August, hundreds of college student-athletes and AIA staff travel the world to play competitive games, run clinics and attend sports camps. Each opportunity is used to share the matchless love of Jesus Christ as well as to teach the athletes how to be lifetime ministers of the gospel.
Having served as an associate head coach to Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair for the last 10 seasons, Schaefer has helped mold the Texas A&M women’s basketball program into one of the top defensive ballclubs in the nation. The nationally-ranked Aggies have reached new heights during the 2006-07 season with their first-ever Big 12 Conference title and highest-ever national ranking in school history (No. 10) in both national polls.
Schaefer previously coached at Arkansas under Blair from 1997-2003. He directed the program’s defensive strategy, opponent scouting as well as assisted in recruiting and overseeing scheduling. 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. A 1984 graduate of Texas A&M, Schaefer served as an assistant coach at Baytown Lee High School from 1984-85. He later served as an assistant 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 who knows the true meaning of family, Schaefer is married to the former Holly Davis who played basketball at Arkansas State. The couple has twin 11-year olds, Blair Nicole and Charles Logan. The Schaefer’s are members of Brazos Fellowship in College Station, Texas. His wife, Holly, has played the piano/organ all of her life in the church.