SU Atheltics describes Shafer as one of the top defensive minds in college football. Shafer has been coaching college football for 22 years, including the last 4 years in charge of the Syracuse defenese.
"I know and trust Coach Shafer will enhance the momentum that has been created in the program. He is a brilliant coach, a tireless worker and a relentless recruiter who believes that we can create a sustainable championship culture. I am convinced Coach Shafer will successfully carry the torch of the Syracuse football legacy," said Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross in a release.
Shafer??s defense at Syracuse was ranked 7th in the nation in 2010, and Shafer was nominated for the AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year and the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.
"Coach Scott Shafer has been an important factor in why the winning tradition has returned to our program," said Chairman of the SU Board of Trustees Richard L. Thompson and SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor in a joint statement. "He has the vision, commitment, and energy necessary for our team to be successful on the field and for our student-athletes to succeed off-the-field, both academically and personally."
Shafer??s coaching career began as a graduate assistant (1991-92) at Indiana University, then at the University of Rhode Island (1993-95), to Northern Illinois University as defensive coordinator/defensive backs (1996-2003), and to The University of Illinois (2004) and Western Michigan (2005-06). Shafer was an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Stanford (2007) and defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan (2008).