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The End of an Era - Brian Schaefer Steps Down (10-15-17)
Brian “Lumpy” Schaefer, who was associated with the UW-Oshkosh men’s volleyball program since its inception has stepped down as the head coach of the program. He will be pursuing other career opportunities, including being the boys director at Wisconsin Volleyball Academy as well as the club's tournament director and fundraising coordinator.

As a player, Lumpy was a member of the UW-Oshkosh team that won the 1996 National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) Division II Championship. Schaefer helped his team to the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference (WVC) title in both 1999 and 2000 and was an all-league first team selection in 2001.

On the sidelines as the head coach is where Lumpy shined. He compiled an 817-165-5 (.828 winning percentage) record guiding the Titans’ Division I squad. He coached UW-Oshkosh to 12 WVC Division I regular season titles; including nine straight from 2009-2017 and seven WVC State Championships. The Titans also won 14 Midwest Ten Conference Championships including 13 straight from 2003-2015.

During his tenure coaching the UW-Oshkosh men, Lumpy mentored 50 players to 79 collegiate club All-American and 146 All-WVC awards. He was named the 2005 collegiate club Division I National Coach of the Year.

After finishing fifth at the collegiate club Division I Championship in 2003 and 2004 and second in 2005, Lumpy directed UW-Oshkosh to its first Division I national title in 2006 and repeated the feat in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Titans added a runner-up finish in 2009 and third-place results in 2012 and 2013. UW-Oshkosh finished fifth or better in the nation 10 out of the last 12 seasons under Lumpy’s direction. As a program the Titans also won the Division III collegiate club National Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“After 25 amazing years associated with the UW-Oshkosh volleyball program, I am moving on to start a new chapter in my life,” said Lumpy. “Starting as a line judge for Marty Petersen and then seeing Travis Hudson accomplish his goal of becoming a professional volleyball player I feel my time as a Titan has come full circle. I am lucky to have had talented and dedicated assistant coaches that guided me to success and to have coached players that became some of my closest friends.”

“The memories I have will remain with me for a lifetime,” continued Lumpy. “I am proud of whom I was as a player and head coach. Although far from perfect, I believe I put everything I had into what I did on a daily basis and strongly believe I never put myself first and was humble in everything I did. Good friend Will Brydon will do an amazing job leading the Titans into the future. He won a national title as a player and as a coach at UW-Oshkosh and his talent and passion for volleyball will keep the Titans as the best place to play collegiate club volleyball in the nation. Although sad to let go, I am excited to see what the team accomplishes in the years ahead.”



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