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Cornell hockey coach Mike Schafer to retire after upcoming season

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Cornell men’s ice hockey head coach Mike Schafer announced his retirement at the end of the next hockey season during a Zoom session with hundreds of supporters on Thursday. Casey Jones, a former Cornell assistant and current head coach at Clarkson, will return as associate head coach this season and assume the head coach role in 2025.

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“I’ve had a 38-year coaching career in college hockey — 33 of them at Cornell,” Schafer said. “It’s been a tremendous experience helping the players and teams reach their goals and building Big Red pride. Now is the perfect time for me to begin the transition into retirement.”

Jones, who played at Cornell from 1986-1990 and has coached at Clarkson since 2011, will assist Schafer this season. “We have one head coach this year,” emphasized Cornell athletic director Nicki Moore, adding that celebrations for both coaches will be planned at the end of the season.