Stephanie Schafer is beginning her fourth season at the helm for the Engineers in 2016.
In her first season at WPI, Schafer posted a 10-7-2 record (4-5-1 in conference) which qualified the Crimson and Gray for the NEWMAC tournament for the first time since 2010. In 2014, WPI Women’s Soccer finish 8-7-4, with a conference record of 5-2-3 making it to the NEWMAC quarterfinals for the second year in a row. With the success of 2014 campaign the team posted back-to-back winning seasons for only the third time in program history and first time since 2003-04.
Prior to Schafer coming to WPI she was the top assistant at Division I Wagner College. She was heavily involved with the Seahawks in designing and implementing practice and training sessions as well as in recruiting. Schafer also took an active role in academic monitoring, scheduling, team travel and fundraising. Prior to her time at Wagner, she spent three seasons as an assistant at Curry College where she helped the Colonels reached the CCC Tournament in 2008 and 2010.
Schafer also spent five seasons with the Boston Breakers serving as the Senior Team Coordinator, Equipment Manager, Team Manager and Director of Operations over those five seasons. Among her many duties, Schafer managed player personnel, coordinated practice and game schedules, organized team travel and oversaw the host family program that places 20+ athletes in rent-free housing.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Schafer played collegiately at Division I Temple University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sports and recreation management with a minor in business. In 2013, she graduated from Wagner with her master's in secondary education with a social studies concentration.