Anaheim Arsenal Hires Reggie Geary as Assistant Coach
ANAHEIM, Calif., August 21, 2006 - Former NBA player Reggie Geary has been announced as assistant coach and director of basketball operations for the Anaheim Arsenal.
Geary joins Arsenal head coach Larry Smith after spending last season on the coaching staff at the University of Arizona with legendary coach Lute Olson.
"I am excited to join the Arsenal and the NBA D-League as well as the opportunity to work with Coach Smith," Geary said. "With his 25-plus years of NBA experience, I look forward to learning from him and helping to create a successful team in our inaugural season."
Geary comes to the Arsenal with plenty of basketball experience as he played a total of eight years professionally before serving as an NBA and NBA D-League ambassador in Argentina and Brazil.
"Reggie is a quality person who has tremendous knowledge of the game," Smith said. "He will definitely be a great asset to the Arsenal family. I am excited to have him aboard."
Olson added, "We hate to lose Reggie. I think it's a great opportunity for him and I know he will bring a lot to the franchise based on his extensive playing experience in the NBA and overseas."
After earning All-American honors at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Geary went on to earn All-Defensive team honors during his four years at the University of Arizona under Olson and closed his college career as the all-time steals leader (208) and ranked third in assists (560). He was also named to the All-Pac-10 team his senior year. He was selected by Cleveland in the 1996 NBA draft and played for both the Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. He also played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and internationally in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Ukraine, Portugal and France.
Mater Dei head coach, Gary McKnight commented, "I feel Reggie will bring his tenacity and love for the game and transfer it into the coaching ranks in order to help build a successful team in Orange County."
In addition to being the Arsenal assistant coach, Geary is responsible for scouting, player evaluation and team travel, in addition to organizing and supervising local youth basketball camps.
Geary and his wife Candace, former prep volleyball star at Mater Dei, have one son, Quincy.
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