|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Aquinas College|
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Mike Geary is in his fifth season as a member of the Saint Louis University women’s basketball coaching staff. Geary arrived at Saint Louis as an assistant coach in June 2013 following four seasons as an assistant at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was promoted to associate head coach in June 2014.
Geary has helped head coach Lisa Stone lift the SLU program to a prominent position in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Billikens have made two Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances and captured an A-10 regular-season co-championship during his tenure. In addition, Saint Louis has won 51 games – more than any other A-10 basketball program, women or men – over the past two seasons.
“Mike has done a remarkable job with our program,” Stone said. “His experience as a successful head coach has been a great asset in building a championship program.
“Mike is highly accomplished at X’s and O’s, game strategy and practice preparation,” Stone said. “He is organized, detailed and very knowledgeable. Mike is a great teacher as well and has been exceptional at player development.
“Our players have improved under Mike’s guidance,” Stone said. “They believe in him, and I am honored to have him on the sideline next to me.”
“I am excited to join the Saint Louis University women’s basketball program,” Geary said at the time of his hiring. “During my visits to St. Louis, I was impressed with the SLU campus and everyone I met. Lisa Stone is a tremendous coach and a proven winner, and I look forward to joining her to build a program we believe will be special.”
Geary helped Detroit Mercy post a 21-13 record and win the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2012-13. That followed a 2011-12 campaign that saw the Titans go 20-14 and earn a WNIT bid. During Geary’s tenure, Detroit Mercy improved its NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) from 220 to 97.
Geary spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State. He helped guide the 2006-07 Cardinals to a 24-7 ledger, the Mid-American Conference West Division title and a WNIT berth.
Geary enjoyed considerable success as a head coach at the NCAA Division II level, winning 417 games. He led Lake Superior State to the 1988 NCAA Tournament round of 16 in his second season, and the Lakers were 47-10 in his two campaigns at the helm. Geary then embarked on a stellar 17-year stint at Northern Michigan, where his teams compiled a 370-123 record and enjoyed 12 seasons, including eight in succession, with 20 or more victories.
Geary took over a Northern Michigan program that was 9-18 the year before and produced a 24-4 slate in 1988-89. The Wildcats became the first NMU women’s basketball team to play in the NCAA Tournament, the first of 11 national tournament appearances under Geary’s direction. He was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year.
Northern Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight (national quarterfinals) in 1996 and advanced to the national semifinals in 1998. The 1997-98 team collected a school-record 28 wins (28-4) and reached No. 3 in the national rankings. The 1996-97 Wildcats were undefeated in conference play and turned in the best winning percentage (.900, 27-3) in program history, accomplishments that led to Geary’s selection as Coach of the Year by the GLIAC and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
Geary’s Northern Michigan teams captured seven GLIAC Tournament crowns, including four consecutive from 1995 to 1998, and played in seven NCAA regional championship games. His players earned five All-America awards and six GLIAC Most Valuable Player honors.
Geary is a 1979 graduate of Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He and his wife, Emily, formerly the Billikens’ director of operations/video coordinator and now an assistant coach at Missouri-St. Louis, have a 3-year-old son, Cruz. Geary also is the father of adult sons Sean and Tyler.