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University of Richmond women's basketball head coach Michael Shafer enters his ninth season at the helm for Richmond. Shafer has guided the Spiders to five-straight WNIT postseason appearances. 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 four years.
Shafer led Richmond to a 23-9 mark in 2011-12, its most wins since 2008-09 and fewest losses since 2004-05. In the last four seasons, Richmond has won at least 18 games or more and received an invitation to play in the postseason each of those years.
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 has amassed a 141-111 record while at Richmond, good for second all-time, behind Spiders' longtime coach, Fanny Crenshaw.
Shafer collected his 100th win against GW last season. He is only one of three coaches at Richmond to eclipse the century mark total.
Shafer has led Richmond to an 141-111 record in his eight seasons with the Spiders, including four sweeps over rival, George Washington.
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.
"Coach Shafer has demonstrated superior leadership skills at a national championship level women's basketball program," said Richmond athletic director Jim Miller. "His commitment to the welfare of his student-athletes fits perfectly with our principles at the University of Richmond."
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 womenshoopscoop.com 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, 40, has two daughters, Sophie Rinne (eight), and Sumner Reese (six).
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