Former Wildcat standout returns to the program as an assistant coach
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Lute Olson today announced the hiring of Reggie Geary as an assistant coach.
Geary, 31, joins the Wildcat staff after working last season as the assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach at Tucson’s Flowing Wells High School. While at FWHS, he was primarily responsible for individual workouts for both guards and post players, scouting, and game-day preparation. Geary helped the Caballeros to a 17-10 record in 2004-05 and an appearance in the 5A state playoffs.
“Obviously, this is a dream job for me to be able to come back to my alma mater and work with Coach Olson,” said Geary. “My family and I are excited about the opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting started, working hard and continuing the great tradition that is Arizona basketball.”
His foray into coaching came after a highly successful eight-year professional playing career that took him around the world. A second-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft, Geary played two seasons in the NBA and averaged 2.1 points, 1.1 assists and 9.2 minutes per game in 101 career games played with the Cavaliers (1996-97) and the San Antonio Spurs (1997-98).
Geary also spent two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (1998-2000) before playing professionally in Israel, Portugal, France and the Ukraine. His closed his playing career in 2003-04 with B.C. Kiev in the Ukraine. Additionally, Geary served as an NBA/NBDL Ambassador in Argentina and Brazil in 2001.
A 6-foot-2 guard from Santa Ana, Calif., Geary was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1992-96 and earned all-Pac-10 Conference and NABC all-District 15 honors as a senior. In 127 career appearances (101 starts), Geary averaged 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
During his UA career, Geary led the Wildcats to a 104-23 (.819) record, two Pac-10 championships (1992, 1994) and a berth in the 1994 Final Four. He closed his career as Arizona’s all-time steals leader (208) and ranked third in assists (560). He still ranks third and fifth in those categories, respectively. As a senior in 1995-96, Geary became just the third player in Arizona history to pass out 200 or more assists in a single season (231).
One of the finest defenders in Arizona basketball history, Geary was the first of only two players to earn Best-Defensive-Player honors for four consecutive seasons by a vote of his teammates.
"We are pleased to have Reggie Geary return to the U of A Basketball program,” said Olson. “He is a great competitor and a knowledgeable basketball player. I am confident that he will have the same effect on our program as a coach as
he did as a player."
Geary earned his B.A. degree in political science from Arizona in May 2005.
Geary fills the vacancy left by former assistant Rodney Tention, who was named head coach at Loyola Marymount University on April 5.