PHILADELPHIA - After 33 years with head coach Al Bagnoli -- 23 of them at the University of Pennsylvania -- Jim Schaefer has decided to resign his position as the Quakers’ defensive line coach.
“This is something that has been on my mind going back to last spring," said Schaefer. "It just feels like the right time to make a transition -- for me, my wife, and our daughters. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Al for the past 33 years at both Union and here at Penn, and working side-by-side with great coaches, great players, and great people the last 23 years here at Penn has been a true blessing. I cannot thank them enough for the many memories they have provided me, and I will continue to cheer the Quakers from afar as they transition under Ray. That said, my wife Yvonne and I are looking forward to the next chapter of our lives with our family.”
“It has been a pleasure to work alongside Jim for the past 23 years,” said Ray Priore, who is replacing Bagnoli as the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football and has already begun transitioning into that position. “We had some tremendous defensive units over the last two decades, and Jim’s coaching was a big part of that. Our entire staff was saddened to hear he will be leaving, but Jim always has a place here at Penn. He is a terrific football coach, an outstanding family man and a great friend. We will miss him.”
Schaefer had an extremely successful tenure at Penn, which included nine outright Ivy League championships. Among Schaefer's charges have been a third-round NFL draft pick (Mitch Marrow in 1998) and 28 All-Ivy players. In six of the past seven seasons, at least two members of the defensive line have earned All-Ivy recognition, including three of the team’s starters in 2010. Most recently, Schaefer tutored three-time All-Ivy recipient and current member of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, Brandon Copeland.
Schaefer joined Bagnoli -- who in April announced his retirement following the 2014 season -- at Union in 1981. Schaefer spent 10 seasons as a part-time assistant on Bagnoli’s staff, where he worked with both the offensive and defensive lines; held the position of Assistant Dean of Admissions; and served as Union’s head men’s and women’s ski coach (1981-91).
Schaefer and his wife, Yvonne, reside in Medford Lakes, N.J. with their three daughters, Marguerite, Katherine and Lorelei.