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Stone Completes Staff, Names Mike Geary Assistant Coach

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 06/18/2013
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ST. LOUISSaint Louis University head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has completed her staff by hiring Mike Geary as an assistant coach. Geary arrives at Saint Louis following four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Geary joins assistant coaches Kristy Guffey and Linda Sayavongchanh, who were added to the staff earlier this spring.

“I am so very pleased and excited to welcome Mike Geary to my staff,” Stone said. “Mike has a .758 winning percentage and more than 400 victories as a head coach, and he has been instrumental in turning programs around and leading teams to postseason play. His experience, energy and winning record will help us continue to build a championship program.

“Mike is highly accomplished at X’s and O’s, practice preparation and game strategy,” Stone said. “He has developed numerous All-Conference players and implemented effective in-season and off-season player programs. Mike also is an outstanding recruiter and is very well connected in the Midwest. He is respected throughout the coaching profession.”

“I am excited to join the Saint Louis University women’s basketball program,” Geary said. “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, Kristy Guffey and Linda Sayavongchanh 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 last season. 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 University. 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. 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 won a school-record 28 games (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 married the former Emily Samuelson in the summer of 2012. Geary has two sons, Sean and Tyler.
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