Bradd Schafer, assistant men's basketball coach for Black Hills State University, will take over as head coach of the Yellow Jackets.
Schafer has been known for his steady leadership while serving the past four years as assistant men's basketball coach for the Yellow Jackets, under the direction of Paul Sather, who resigned recently to take the head coaching position at Northern State University.
This past season Schafer helped guide the Yellow Jackets to their second regular season Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) Title and their second straight appearance in the National Tournament.
"I have had the chance to work with and watch Bradd as an assistant coach for four years,” Jhett Albers, athletic director at BHSU, says. “He has the qualifications and the leadership skills to be a successful head coach, and the team fully supports him."
The men’s basketball team saw unprecedented success in 2008-09, posting a BHSU record of 30-5 and winning the University’s first-ever men’s basketball DAC Championship.
BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says she is looking forward to continued success in the program.
“Bradd has been an integral part of the winning basketball tradition at BHSU,” Schallenkamp says. “By maintaining continuity in the men’s basketball program, we are looking forward to building on the successes we’ve enjoyed the last few years.”
Schafer says he plans to continue to grow the Yellow Jacket men’s basketball program.
"I am excited and honored to be chosen as the men’s basketball coach at Black Hills State University. I will continue to build a program that alumni, donors, and fans can be proud of. I ask that everyone continue to support the outstanding student-athletes on our team and the entire Yellow Jacket athletic program," Schafer says.
Originally from Gilcrest, Colo., Schafer played his collegiate career at Western State College, leading the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) in three-point field goal percentage, while earning a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He will earn his master’s degree in strategic leadership from BHSU this spring.
Prior to accepting the assistant coaching position at BHSU, Schafer served as assistant basketball coach at Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where his team advanced to the Final Four of the RMAC for the first time in over a decade. Schafer also served as assistant coach for Windsor High School in Colorado and as a physical education teacher at Bromley East Charter School in Brighton, Colo.
Schafer and his wife, Jada, live in Spearfish with their daughter, London, and son, Bodhi.