George Schaefer returned to his alma mater joining the coaching staff the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in the fall of 2016.
During his time at CSU, he took an already strong pitching staff to the next level as the Buccaneer have been among the NCAA leaders in multiple pitching categories over the past two seasons.
The 2018 season put the Bucs back among the national leaders in multiple categories. CSU finished the year 10th in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.84) and 21st in walks per nine innings (3.08). Senior right-hander Evan Nations was 31st in the NCAA in walks allowed per nine innings (1.48) to pace the Bucs and the Big South Conference. Senior closer Cody Smith was selected in the 39th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates to highlight the Bucs’ efforts on the mound.
In 2017, the Bucs finished the year in the top 30 in three categories including strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts per nine innings, and walks allowed per nine innings. CSU also has individuals listed among the top 75 in seven different categories in the 2017 season including saves, stolen bases, stolen bases per game, strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts per nine innings, toughest to strike out, and walks allowed per nine innings.
The Bucs led the Big South and finished the regular season seventh overall in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio in the 2017 season with CSU posting a 3.08 mark on the year. Two pitchers finished among the national leaders in the mark with Cody Maw (6.25, 16th) and Nik Constantakos (4.69, 64th) both leading the Bucs in the category.
CSU's pitching staff was also among the nation's best in strikeouts per nine innings on the season finishing 13th in the category with 9.3 K/9 innings. The Bucs' staff recorded double-digit strikeouts on 23 separate occasions including a six-game streak from April 1 – April 9. CSU recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts on April 25 in a neutral site game against Wofford.
To go with their strikeout prowess, the Bucs' pitching staff also led the conference and finished among the nation's best in walks allowed per nine innings. CSU finished 28th in the NCAA in the regular season in BB/9 innings, allowing an average of 3.04 as a staff in 2017. Maw led the Bucs in the category with a 1.36 BB/9 innings' average with the junior left-hander sitting 34th in the NCAA.
Prior to rejoining the Buccaneer family, Schaefer spent two years on staff at Iona College (NY), serving as Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the 2015-2016 season. During his time with the Gaels, Schaefer mentored 2016 Second Team All-MAAC RHP Joe DeRosa, RHP Alex Fishberg, who signed a professional contract with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League, and Jared Finkel, a 23rd round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Senior RHP Alex Fishberg had a career season under Schaefer’s tutelage in 2016, posting a 3-3 record with 3 saves and a 1.67 ERA in 37.2 innings while striking out 37 and yielding an impressive .176 B/Avg. DeRosa also flourished in his 2016 sophomore campaign, going 3-3 with a 2.54 ERA and .225 B/Avg in 60.1 IP.
Schaefer arrived at Iona after spending one season at Lehigh University where he served as Director of Baseball Operations from 2013-2014. During his time at Lehigh, Schaefer assisted with team travel, scheduling on-campus recruiting and the day to day operations of the program. He was a member of a coaching staff that led the Mountain Hawks to a 25-24 record and a runner-up finish in the Patriot League Championship.
Schaefer has extensive experience on the collegiate summer baseball circuit, too. During the summer of 2014 Schaefer served as Head Coach of the Geneva Red Wings in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), leading the Red Wings to a 32-19 record and an Eastern Division Regular Season Championship. In 2015, Schaefer served as Head Coach of the New Market Rebels in the Valley Baseball League.
A four-year pitcher for the Buccaneers from 2009-2013, Schaefer was named co-captain his senior year. While at CSU, Schaefer served as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). A four-time member of the Big South Academic Honor Roll, Schaefer graduated with a double major in Political Science and Communications. In December 2014, Schaefer completed a Master's degree in Politics and Policy from Lehigh University.