Denis Schaefer has led the Grand View Vikings to success on and off the basketball court during his 18 years as Head Coach. The success his teams have on the court is only the beginning, as his players move on to become successful individuals upon their graduation from Grand View University.
Coach Schaefer has a true passion for coaching the game of basketball to young men. Teaching the game of basketball is when Coach Schaefer is at his best; his ability to coach the finer points of the game to players is what leads to the improvement that is always seen from his team. Good players leave as great players, and average players leave his program as good players. The players Coach Schaefer brings into his program are first and foremost good people. His players must have a passion for the game, be willing to work hard to achieve the highest level of play possible, and be willing to put the team ahead of themselves.
Denis Schaefer coached teams are known for three things; Good defense; his team consistently ranks at the top of the Midwest Collegiate Conference in defense, valuing the ball, and having a "Team Together" mentality.
Former Players have this to say about their experience under Schaefer at Grand View College.
Todd Lorensen: former player and assistant coach under Schaefer:
"I had the rare opportunity to not only play for Coach Schaefer for three years, but also serve as his assistant for one season. Looking back over my time at Grand View College a few things always stick out. Every team I was a part of was playing its best basketball at the end of the season. Further, Coach Schaefer did an excellent job of developing average players into good ones and good players into great players. The family atmosphere around the program makes me proud to be a Grand View Alum."
Ben Meyer: former player.
"Coach Schaefer has a way of inspiring his players to get the most out of their talent. Coach does things the right way; his players really are students first. His players become better people after playing for him."
Ryan Baumgart: former player.
"Coach Schaefer wants to win more than any coach I have been around, yet he makes playing for him a fun experience. I am still in regular contact with him and know he would do anything for me…….The positive changes that have been made to Grand View recently are amazing, it has really changed in the short time since I left Grand View."
Pat Hoberg: former player.
"In my four years I learned so much about the game of basketball and developed my game through Coach Schaefer, but what I will remember most are the life lessons and responsibility he teaches all of his players from the day they walk on campus to the day they leave the program. The relationship that I have with ‘Schaef' will go way beyond the four years I played and will continue into the future."
In his second season the Vikings won the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament where they defeated Berea College and the number one seed Mid America Nazarene before falling to eventual National Champion Embry Riddle to finish in the final eight of the tournament. Derek Bills was named to the NAIA All-American Team, and is the all time leading scorer in Grand View basketball history. Michael Stephany and Curt Albert were All-Conference selections, while Lamar Ingram, Andy McGarry, and Jeremiah Ubben earn Honorable Mention.
Schaefer came to Grand View from Marycrest College where he served as an assistant coach for one season, before becoming the head coach for two years. He also served as the school's Athletic Director for three years. He joined Marycrest after spending three years at Bethel College in Kansas where he was the head coach for two seasons after spending one as the assistant. Schaefer began his coaching career at Blufton University in Ohio. In 2007-08 the Vikings finished the year with a record of 13-18, 8-8. While the team was not one of Schaefer's most successful teams in the win loss column, they did prove to be on of the hardest working teams of his tenure. The team showed physical and mental toughness battling through injuries early in the season, and eventually advancing to the Midwest Collegiate Conference semi-finals.
Coach Schaefer has a Master's Degree in Sports Management from the University of Akron. He completed his Undergraduate Degree in Physical Education from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
Schaefer has been married to his wife Sara for over twenty years. They have two sons, Corey and Joe.
Adam Hepker begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Grand View University men's basketball team.
Prior to coming to Grand View, Hepker spent five seasons as an assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.
In those five seasons, MidAmerica compiled an overall record of 102-64, including three appearances at the NAIA Division 1 National Tournament in Kansas City. In 2012-2013 they finished in the Elite 8 and in 2013-2014 they finished in the Final Four. MidAmerica was Heart of America Conference Champions in 2011-2012. Hepker coached at least one NAIA Division 1 All-American in each of his five seasons at MNU.
As a player, Hepker was a four-year starter at MNU from 2004-2008. During those four years, MidAmerica amassed 115 wins, including four appearances at the NAIA National Tournament, three straight Final Fours, and an NAIA National Championship in 2007, in which Hepker was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Hepker was a Second Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-American as a junior and senior, as well the Heart of America Conference Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. He graduated from MidAmerica in 2008 with a degree in History and Government Education.
Hepker would continue his playing career professionally overseas for the Cocoon Baskets Weiden in Weiden, Germany for one season in 2008-2009 before beginning his coaching career the following year. Adam also taught at Frontier Trail Middle School from 2010-2015. He was inducted into the MNU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
Adam and his wife Amy, a teacher in the Johnston School District, have a daughter named Brenley (3) and a son named Bryson and live in Ankeny.
Austin Schlatter enters his second year as an assistant coach with the Grand View University men's basketball team.
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