Men's Basketball

Reggie Geary
Reggie Geary

Santa Ana, Calif.

Assistant Coach

7th Year/2nd at SMU


Reggie Geary is in his second season at SMU (2010-11) after being named an assistant men's basketball coach at SMU by head coach Matt Doherty on June 12, 2009. Geary has six years of coaching experience, including a 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 season at Arizona, his alma mater.

In his first season at SMU (2009-10), the Mustangs finished with their most wins (7), best finish (tied for 7th) and best seed (No. 8) since joining Conference USA for the 2005-06 season. Papa Dia and Derek Williams were selected to the 2010 All-Conference USA Third Team. It marked the first time SMU had multiple All-Conference selections since the 2001-02 season. Williams was also named to the NABC All-District Second Team.

At Arizona, he was an All-Pac-10 guard at Arizona from 1992-96, helping the team to two Pac-10 titles and the 1994 Final Four. He also handled basketball operations for the Wildcats in 2005-06 before being an assistant coach in 2008-09. The Arizona coaching positions bookended two years as the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal in the NBA Development League. Before coaching, Geary had an eight-year professional career that included playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.

"Reggie Geary has played for great coaches in Lute Olson at Arizona, Gary McKnight at Mater Dei High School, and Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs," states Doherty. "He has a wealth of experiences as a player and coach that will greatly benefit our program."

Before rejoining Arizona for the 2008-09 season, he was 36-39 in his two seasons as head coach with the Arsenal. Prior to that, Geary served as Arizona's recruiting and basketball operations coordinator during the 2005-06 campaign. Geary went into coaching after a highly successful eight-year professional playing career. He was a second-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Geary played in the NBA for two seasons 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 Europe through 2003-04. Additionally, Geary served as an NBA/NBDL Ambassador in Argentina and Brazil in 2001.

Geary was four-year letterwinner for the Arizona Wildcats from 1992-96 and ranks among the finest defenders in Arizona basketball history. The Wildcats ranked in the top-25 of every AP and ESPN/USA Today weekly poll during his career. Geary 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. During his UA career, the 6-2 guard led the Wildcats to a 104-23 (.819) record, two Pac-10 championships (1993, 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). 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).

Geary, a native of Santa Ana, Calif., earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Arizona in May 2005. He and his wife Candace have two sons, Quincy and Wesley.

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