Robert "Chip" Schaefer, who was a part of 11 National Basketball Association championship teams in Chicago and Los Angeles, was named UC Santa Barbara's Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance in December of 2011.
Most recently, Schaefer spent 12 years (1999-2011) with the Los Angeles Lakers, the last seven as Director of Athletic Performance/Player Development, where his charge was to make sure the players remained at peak condition throughout a grueling 82-game season and playoffs. In addition to the physical aspects of training, Schaefer oversaw the transition of young players into the NBA lifestyle and their professional development. He was part of five title teams with the Lakers.
Before entering the NBA full-time, Schaefer was on the staff of the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles where he worked with some of the nation's elite professional and amateur athletes. In addition, he served as the head athletic trainer at Pete Newell's Big Man Campus and the California Summer Pro Basketball League. Schaefer was also the head athletic trainer and strength coach at Loyola Marymount from 1987-90.
A native of Deerfield, Ill., Schaefer received his BA in physical education and sports medicine from the University of Utah in 1983. In 1990, he earned his master's degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount. Upon his graduation from Utah, he worked as the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's Ski Team from 1984-86.
Schaefer and his wife, Andra, have one son (Alec) and one daughter (Emily). Alec is a 2009 graduate of UCSB.