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Larry Schaffer
Larry Schaffer
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 830-372-6577
Email: lschaffer@tlu.edu
The 2019 season will be Head Coach Larry Schaffer's eighth season leading the TLU Women's Soccer Program.
 
Schaffer is the all-time wins leader for TLU Women's Soccer. He has a career overall record of 65-50-16 and a career conference record of 44-32-10, while competing in both in the American Southwest Conference and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
 
In 2018, The TLU Women's Soccer team went 8-5-4 and finished SCAC regular-season play as the No. 3 seed. The Bulldogs lost in a first-round matchup that was decided in a shootout against The University of Dallas at the SCAC Soccer Championships. 
 
Bailey Nimitz (New Braunfels/Canyon) scored twice in the second half, once in the 55th minute and again in the 82nd minute, which sent the game to overtime. 
 
Neither team could net a shot in either overtime period, but the Crusaders ended up winning in penalty shots, 4-2. 
 
The Bulldogs had two players receive conference honors, forward Jaclyn Smolik (Katy/Katy) and midfielder Nimitz were named to the SCAC Second Team.
 
Smolik led the Bulldogs with nine goals scored and also had a team-high 18 total points. She played in all 17 games while starting in 16 games. She was a perfect two-for-two in penalty shots during the season.
 
Nimtz was second on the team with six goals scored. She also had one assist on the year which gave her 13 total points which was second-best for the Bulldogs. She went one-for-two in penalty shots on the year. Nimtz appeared in all 17 matches while starting 15 total games.


Schaffer three times has led TLU to a runner-up finish in the SCAC.

In 2017, three Texas Lutheran Women's Soccer players - sophomore defender Mikayla Wallace, sophomore midfielder Bailey Nimtz and freshman forward Raquel Morris - were named to the 2017 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer All-Conference Second Team. Bulldog sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Barrientos received All-SCAC Honorable Mention. TLU Women's Soccer ended the season with an overall record of 8-9-2 and a conference mark of 6-4-2. The Bulldogs finished third in the SCAC regular season.

In the SCAC Championship tournament, the Bulldogs defeated Austin College 3-0 in the quarterfinal match, upset No. 2 seed Schreiner 1-0 in the semifinal, and went toe-to-toe with top seed and No. 11-ranked Trinity in a hard-fought 1-0 Bulldog loss in the championship match.

In 2016, TLU seniors Tara Armstrong and Erin Rose were named Monday to the All-SCAC Women's Soccer Second Team. Armstrong and Rose were joined on the All-SCAC squads by senior defender Krystel Wolfe, who was named All-SCAC Honorable Mention. Armstrong, Rose and Wolfe led TLU to a 9-5-4 overall record and to a 6-3-3 SCAC mark. The Bulldogs entered the 2016 SCAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. TLU won an SCAC Tournament quarterfinal match 1-0 in overtime against Austin College before falling the SCAC semifinal 1-0 to Southwestern.

Armstrong, Rose and Wolfe were leaders of the Bulldogs' senior class that produced a 42-27-9 record over four seasons. The 42 wins ties the 2016 senior class for the second-most in TLU women's soccer history. The 2016 senior class posted a final winning percentage of .596, third-best in TLU women's soccer history. In 2016, the Bulldog held opponents to 0.94 goals per game and to a shot-on-goal percentage of .345. The Bulldogs allowed only 17 goals on 258 shot attempts.

Schaffer collected his 400th career coaching win (high school and college victories combined) when the Bulldogs defeated Centenary College on Sept. 18, 2015.
 
In 2015, the Bulldogs put five players onto to the All-SCAC teams. Senior forward Sioned Kirkpatrick was named the SCAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, and senior midfielder Kelly Lochte joined Kirkpatrick on the SCAC First Team. Junior defender Tara Armstrong was named to the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region Third Team. The team advanced to the SCAC Championship final for the second consecutive year and claimed the SCAC runner-up spot.

In 2014, the Bulldogs put four players - Sioned Kirkpatrick, Zoe Gulick, Kelly Lochte and Erin Rose - on the All-SCAC First Team and one player - Tara Armstrong on the All-SCAC Second Team. The team produced a second-consecutive double-digit win season and finished 10-8-2 in his second season. TLU’s 6-5-1 record in its first season in the SCAC placed the team third in the league. The Bulldogs advanced to the championship final of the SCAC Championship and finished as the SCAC runner-up.

In 2013, Schaffer led the Bulldogs to their first double-digit-win season since 2007. The Bulldogs had six players earn All-SCAC recognition, led by Sioned Kirkpatrick and Jennifer Kopetic on the First Team and Tara Armstrong and Krystel Wolfe on the Second Team.

In 2012, freshman forward Sioned Kirkpatrick was named the ASC Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year and to the All-ASC Second Team, and Jennifer Kopetic earned a spot on the All-ASC Honorable Mention squad. The Bulldogs produced a record of 7-9-1 and a conference mark of 4-7-1. The team finished eighth in the 13-team ASC.

Larry Schaffer was named the new coach for TLU Women's Soccer on Dec. 20, 2011.
 
"I'm just excited about the challenge of coming to TLU," said Schaffer at the time of his hiring. "Not only do I have great respect for the university and for the staff, I am looking forward to that new challenge of coaching collegiate soccer and of working with the young women."
 
In his first season as Texas Lutheran’s head coach, Schaffer led the Bulldogs to a 7-9-1 overall mark. The season was highlighted by an ASC Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year award for Sioned Kirkpatrick.
 
Schaffer won a pair of Class 5A State Championships in boys’ soccer with San Antonio Churchill. Schaffer and the Chargers won state titles in 1998 and in 2001.
 
"We are thrilled to have a soccer coach of the caliber of Larry Schaffer," said TLU Director of Athletics Bill Miller when Schaffer's hiring was announced. "Coach Schaffer is a proven winner and has had success with each program that he has touched. We are extremely pleased that he has accepted this position, and we look forward to his time as the leader of our women's soccer program."
 
Overall, Schaffer has coached in four Texas high school state tournaments and eight Texas high school regional tournaments. He has won 12 district championships and more than 350 high school matches.

Schaffer won a pair of Class 5A State Championships in boys soccer with San Antonio Churchill. Schaffer and the Chargers won state titles in 1998 and in 2001.
 
Schaffer is a two-time finalist for NSCAA National High School Coach of the Year and a two-time winner of an NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year award.
 
Schaffer twice has been named NSCAA Texas High School Coach of the Year and San Antonio Express-News Coach of the Year. He is a four-time winner of the Texas High School Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year.
 
Schaffer has worked and coached in club soccer since 2000. Schaffer has worked with Lions Futbol Club, Supras Soccer Club, Classics Elite, and Lonestar Soccer Club.
 
Schaffer and his wife, Joy, have four children: daughter Megan, twins daughters Maggie and Melissa, and son Tim. The Schaffers also have one grandson.
 
Schaffer was born in Billings, Mont., but he spent the majority of his childhood and young adult years in Minneapolis, Minn. Schaffer has an associate's degree from Bethany Lutheran College (Minn.) and a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Schaffer served as an assistant men's soccer coach at Bethany Lutheran College from 1979 to 1981.