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Michael Shafer
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Alma Mater: William & Mary
Eligibility: Freshman
Experience: 11 Years

To contact Coach Shafer, please call the Basketball Office at 804.289.8355.

University of Richmond women’s basketball head coach Michael Shafer enters his 12th season at the helm for Richmond in 2016-17. Shafer guided the Spiders to five-straight WNIT postseason appearances from 2009-2013 and again in 2015 where the team advanced to the second round.  The Spiders were awarded a bye in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament after finishing in the top-4 for the third time in the last five years.

Shafer has amassed a 187-159 (.540) record while at Richmond in eleven years. On Jan. 24, 2015, he became the winningest women's coach at Richmond when the Spiders defeated UMass for his 167th career triumph.  He passed legendary coach Fannie Crenshaw, who guided the Spiders for 35 years.

Shafer led Richmond to a 23-9 mark in 2011-12, its most wins since 2008-09 and fewest losses since 2004-05.

The National Women’s Basketball Insider named Shafer one of the nation’s top coaches in 2011-12. Shafer was one of 13 coaches that were recognized.

Shafer collected his 100th win against GW in 2012. He is only one of three coaches at Richmond to eclipse the century mark total.

Shafer has led Richmond to 20-win seasons three times and has guided the Spiders to six postseason WNIT appearances during his tenure. In 2008-09, Shafer posted the most successful season in his tenure, after helping guide the Spiders to a 24-10 record, a runner-up appearance in the 2009 Atlantic 10 Tournament and school’s fourth bid to the WNIT. The 24-10 record marked the most wins since the 1988-89 season and third best overall record in program history.

Prior to his time at Richmond, Shafer spent 11 years as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, serving his last two seasons as the associate head coach. He helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to 11-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four Southeastern Conference championships, three regular-season titles and one tournament title. During his tenure, Georgia posted a 273-85 (.762) record and advanced to three NCAA Final Fours, appearing in the 1996 championship game.

A proven recruiter, he helped Georgia head coach Andy Landers sign five Top 10 freshmen classes and inked the country’s fifth best class in 2005. Shafer signed five high school All-Americans while serving his last three years at Georgia as the Lady Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator.

In addition, Shafer was instrumental in the development of current WNBA players Coco Miller, Kelly Miller and Deanna Nolan, a 2003 All-Star.

Shafer was named as one of the nation’s Top 10 assistant women’s basketball coaches in an informal internet survey of more than 750 coaches and administrators conducted by in 2003. His numerous contributions to the program were rewarded in June of 2003 when he was promoted to associate head coach.

A 1994 graduate of William & Mary, Shafer earned a spot on the men’s basketball team as a walk-on. He served as team co-captain in 1994 and served on the Student-Athletic Council during his senior season.

The Athens, Ga. native received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from William & Mary and earned his master’s degree in sport management from Georgia in 1997.

Shafer, 44, is married to Denise Shafer and they have four children between them: Sophie (12), Sumner (10), Ellie (13), and Daniel (8). 

Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Alma Mater: William & Mary '94

Atlantic 10 Championship Final appearance (2009)
1: Shafer ranks first all-time in wins in program history (189)
Seasons with 20 wins or more
: WNIT postseason appearances
11: Years at Richmond
187-159: Overall mark at Richmond

Richmond - Head Coach (2005-present)
University of Georgia - Associate Head Coach (2003-2005)
University of Georgia - Assistant Coach (1996-2003)

William & Mary- 1990-1994