College - Utah

Director of Athletic Performance

Robert "Chip" Schaefer joins the Kings as Director of Athletic Performance after spending the prior two seasons as Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his role with Sacramento, he will design and implement all strength and conditioning programs aimed at maximizing core strength, explosiveness, speed and endurance, as well as assist Director ofSports Medicine Pete Youngman and Head Athletic Trainer Manny Romero with injury prevention and health maintenance.


A veteran in the athletic training and sports performance field with more than 25 years of experience, Schaefer served as Director of Athletic Performance with the Los Angeles Lakers for 12 seasons (1999 2011) where he was part of five title teams and helped the Chicago Bulls win six championships during his eight seasons as the team's head trainer (1990 1998).


In addition to his NBA experience, Schaefer was on-staff at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, where he worked with many of the nation's elite professional and amateur athletes. He has also served as head athletic trainer at Pete Newell's Big Man Camps, head trainer at Loyola Marymount University (1987-1990) and head trainer for the U.S. Men's Ski Team (1984-1986).


Schaefer, a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist, is also recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a specialist in performance enhancement, corrective exercise and fitness nutrition.


The Deerfield, Ill. native received his B.A. in physical education and sports medicine from the University of Utah in 1983, and earned his master's degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount.