Lute finds his man, Geary it is!

There's been no secret that the replacement for the assistant coaching job vacated by Rodney Tention would go to either Miles Simon or Reggie Geary. From day one Lute Olson has indicated that the two former Wildcats would be in the mix.

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson announced the hiring of Reggie Geary today to replace the departed Rodney Tention.

"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, known as a defensive specialist, was a starter on the 1994 Final Four team and started 101 games in his career. Never a huge scoring threat, Geary played all three perimeter spots and averaged seven points a game over his four years in Tucson.

"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."

He is No. 5 in school history with 560 assists and third with 208 steals. His best season was his senior season where he averaged 9.0 ppg, 3.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists a game. His 231 assists that season trail only Russell Brown, who had 247 in 1979. He was named All-Pac-10 and an NABC All-District 15 performer.

He was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played two seasons with the Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.

Geary played overseas before retiring to get into coaching. He was an assistant coach with Flowing Wells High School in Tucson last year.

Tention left to take the head coaching job at Loyola Marymount. He had coached at Arizona since 1997 when he replaced Jesse Evans.

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