Schaefer named UND men's golf coach
Pat Sweeney | Aug 7, 2019 AT 10:40 am
The University of North Dakota has announced the hiring of Todd Schaefer as the new head men's golf coach. Schaefer, a Grand Forks native, was a Hall of Fame golfer for UND in the 1980s and has remained a fixture in the golf scene in this area ever since.
"What a great day to be able to announce Todd as our new head coach for men's golf," UND Director of Athletics Bill Chaves said. "To have a UND all-America golfer and hall of famer lead our program is exciting. I know Todd's passion for the university and program will provide tremendous possibilities for the future. I want to thank Associate Athletic Director Erik Martinson for leading an excellent search process."
Schaefer helped led the Fighting Sioux to four North Central Conference (NCC) championships (1981-83). He played in three NCAA Division II national tournaments, earning honorable mention all-America honors as a sophomore and was a second teamer as a senior.
He was a three-time NCC medalist and after graduation, won four Grand Forks All-City Championships, the latest in 1996. Dubbed the 1990 North Dakota Golfer of the Year, Schaefer's résumé includes a wide array of amateur and mid-amateur accolades, including a pair of North Dakota Amateur Open titles, a N.D. Mid-Amateur crown, along with 10 State Best Ball Championships, a St. Cloud Pro Amateur championship in 1998 and back-to-back Birchmont Executive (Bemidji, Minn.) championships in 2007 and 2008.
He is an inductee of three halls of fame, going into UND's Hall of Fame in 2000, before being inducted to the North Dakota Hall of Fame in 2003 and this year into Red River High School's Hall of Fame.
"Todd's playing ability and allegiance to the University of North Dakota, the Athletics Department and this program shined through in the hiring process," Martinson said. "He showed that he was the right fit for this position and we are excited to have him back on campus as our next head men's golf coach."
Recently, Schaefer has sat on numerous athletics boards, including a 25-years stint as a North Dakota Golf Association member to help promote golf and events in the state. He also served terms on the Grand Forks Country Club board and the UND Letterwinner board and is currently on the NDGA Hall of Fame board.