Scott Shafer

Recruiting Area(s): Florida (South)

Scott Shafer was named WMU’s defensive coordinator on Dec. 15, 2004 and enters his second season with the Broncos in 2006.  Shafer’s defensive unit boasts a pair of MAC West Division Players of the Week in Ameer Ismail and Dustin Duclo.  Both have won the award twice in 2005 and Ismail was named First-Team All-MAC Defense.  The defensive unit is one of the youngest in the country with at least one freshman or redshirt freshman starting on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the defensive backfield in every game.  One member of that defensive backfield, Louis Delmas, was named Second-Team All-MAC Defense.  The unit forced 13 fumbles and has picked off 15 passes.


Shafer most recently served as secondary coach at the University of Illinois in 2004, witnessing the Broncos up close as the Illini pulled out a last-minute 30-27 victory in Champaign.  While at UI, Shafer worked with cornerback Kelvin Hayden, the Big Ten leader in interceptions and second round draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts. 


Shafer previously spent eight seasons (1996-2003) at Northern Illinois University — the first four as secondary coach before adding defensive coordinator duties in 2000.  Under Shafer’s watch, the Huskies ranked among the top three teams in MAC scoring defense in 2002 and 2003.  His 2002 unit led the MAC in interceptions, takeaways, scoring defense, run defense and pass sacks.    While at NIU, Shafer helped the Huskies compile a record of 30-16 and record three wins over BCS Conference schools (Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State), allowing 15.0 points per game.  He also coached eight All-MAC players. 


Prior to NIU, Shafer coached the secondary at the University of Rhode Island (1993-95) and was a graduate assistant at Indiana University (1991-92). 


Shafer (39/DOB: 1-6-67) played quarterback at Baldwin-Wallace College (1986-90), earning team MVP honors in 1987 and ranking 17th nationally in passing efficiency.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1990.  He later added a master’s degree in education from Indiana in 1993.   


A Painesville, Ohio native, Scott and his wife Missy have two children, Wolfgang (10) and Elsa Kathleen (7).