UCSB Selects Chip Schaefer as Assistant AD for Sports Performance
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- UC Santa Barbara
Athletics is pleased to announce that Robert "Chip" Schaefer, who
was a part of 11 National Basketball Association championship teams
in Chicago and Los Angeles, has been hired as the Gauchos'
Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance, Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics Mark W. Massari announced Tuesday.
Most recently, Schaefer spent 12 years (1999-2011) with the Los
Angeles Lakers, the last seven as Director of Athletic
Performance/Player Development, where his charge was to make sure
the players remained at peak condition throughout a grueling
82-game season and playoffs. In addition to the physical
aspects of training, Schaefer oversaw the transition of young
players into the NBA lifestyle and their professional
development. He was part of five title teams with the
"I give Diane O'Brien (Executive Associate Athletics Director)
credit for adding someone of Chip's caliber to our programs,"
Massari said. “The student-athletes that represent this
wonderful campus want to be successful. They want to be champions.
Chip's a big piece of this."
Prior to joining the Lakers for the 1999-2000 season, Schaefer
spent eight years as the head athletic trainer of the Chicago Bulls
(1990-98) where he was part of six NBA championship teams.
Before entering the NBA full-time, Schaefer was on the staff of the
renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles where he
worked with some of the nation's elite professional and amateur
athletes. In addition, he served as the head athletic trainer
at Pete Newell's Big Man Campus and the California Summer Pro
Basketball League. Schaefer was also the head athletic
trainer and strength coach at Loyola Marymount from
“When I was given the opportunity to work at such a great
institution, with such a great department and in such a great place
the decision was a no-brainer,” Schaefer said.
“After 20 years of the NBA grind, I am at a stage in my life
where this is where I want to be and I am very excited about the
A native of Deerfield, Ill., Schaefer received his BA in physical
education and sports medicine from the University of Utah in
1983. In 1990, he earned his master's degree in counseling
from Loyola Marymount. Upon his graduation from Utah, he worked as
the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's Ski Team from
Schaefer and his wife, Andra, have one son (Alec) and one daughter
(Emily). Alec is a 2009 graduate of UCSB.
Schaefer replaces Jeremy Bettle who was recently named Director of
Strength and Conditioning for the NBA's New Jersey Nets.