PonyStampede.com has learned that former Arizona Wildcat guard and NBA player Reggie Geary has been hired by SMU. Geary spent last season on the Wildcats' bench as an assistant coach. He will replace Milton Barnes on the SMU coaching staff, but will not be taking over as the associate head coach.
"I'm extremely excited. I think it's going to be a great opportunity to once again work with a well established coach in Coach Doherty," stated Geary to PonyStampede.com on Friday afternoon. "They have a great staff. I'm looking forward to getting started."
Reports had linked Geary to other possible coaching vacancies in the college ranks and among NBA teams, but the former guard felt that SMU was his best opportunity.
"I have known Coach Doherty for a little while now and I just thought that this would be a great opportunity to learn and work with him,"said Geary. "This is a young team that last year was trying to learn how to win ball games and I think this year could be the year they potentially turn the corner. I think the future is bright at SMU."
Geary, 35, was a second round pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In two NBA seasons with the Cavs and the San Antonio Spurs, Geary averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 assists in 9.2 minutes per game. The 1996 NBA draft featured players like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen. In 1998 to 2000, he spent two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association. His professional resume also includes stops in Portugal, France, Ukraine, and Israel.
"I think my playing background helps me in getting the players' attention, but I think at the end of the day it's going to be my hard work and dedication that will get them to respect me and enjoy working with me," said the new assistant. "Right now, I think Coach Doherty sees me recruiting on the west coast, working with the players in individual workouts, and assisting him in any way that seems fit."
Before joining Arizona as an assistant coach last season, Geary was the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal in the National Basketball Association's Development League. In two years, he amassed a 36-39 record, finishing fourth in the West Division in his final season.
His first coaching job was during the 2004-2005 season as the assistant varsity boy's basketball coach at Tucson's Flowing Wells High School. There, he was responsible for individual drills, opponent scouting, and game-day prep. During his time with the program, they finished with a 17-10 record and made an appearance in the Arizona 5A state playoffs.
Geary earned his bachelors degree in political science from Arizona in May 2005. He and his wife, Candace, have two sons, Quincy, 5, and Wesley, 2.