After officially opening up its football coaching search to outside candidates Dec. 10, Ready has elected to stay in house to fill the void left when Joel Cutler took an indefinite leave of absence last summer.
Michael Schaefer has shed the interim coaching label he held last fall and officially has taken over as head coach.
“(I’m) blessed and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Bishop Ready football program,” Schaefer said. “This unique opportunity allows me, my family and our staff to share our faith and relationship with the Lord with our kids.”
Last fall under Schaefer, the Silver Knights finished 5-6, including going 3-3 against MSL-Ohio Division teams and losing to Watterson 24-7 in their only CCL game. Ready is considered an auxiliary member of the MSL-Ohio.
Schaefer served as an assistant at Upper Arlington from 2003-18 and was an assistant at Hilliard Davidson in 2019. Cutler was Ready’s coach in 2012-13, leading it to a 19-5 record, and went 29-21 as UA’s coach from 2014-18 before returning to lead Ready to an 11-8 mark in 2019-20.
Schaefer was Ready’s defensive coordinator in 2020.
“(I’m) very excited for him to implement his own touch with the Silver Knights football program,” athletics director Steve McQuade said. “He’s very enthusiastic and ready to take on the role as his own.”
Ready closed the 2021 regular season on a three-game winning streak and was the 13th seed for the Division V, Region 19 playoffs. It lost to fourth-seeded West Lafayette Ridgewood 35-6 in a first-round game.
There were 23 freshmen and just 11 seniors in the program last fall.
Schaefer started 38 games as an offensive lineman for the University of Toledo from 1996-2000 and played for two seasons in Arena Football League 2 before getting into coaching at Davenport (Iowa) North in 2002.
“We want kids to be better young men for being in our program,” he said. “Football is an extension of the school classroom. It’s another means to help our young people grow and learn skills that will impact them the rest of their lives.”
This article originally appeared on ThisWeek: Football: Schaefer sheds interim tag, named Ready’s coach