Rhode Island women’s basketball head coach Daynia La-Force has announced the addition of Mike Geary to the women’s basketball staff on August 6, 2018.
Geary spent the last five seasons at Saint Louis, starting as an assistant coach in June 2013 following four seasons as an assistant at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was promoted to associate head coach in June 2014. Geary helped lift the SLU program to two WNIT appearances and captured an A-10 regular-season co-championship during his tenure.
Geary helped Detroit Mercy post a 21-13 record and win the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2012-13. That followed a 2011-12 campaign that saw the Titans go 20-14 and earn a WNIT bid. During Geary’s tenure, Detroit Mercy improved its NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) from 220 to 97.
Geary spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State. He helped guide the 2006-07 Cardinals to a 24-7 ledger, the Mid-American Conference West Division title and a WNIT berth.
Geary had success as a head coach at the NCAA Division II level, winning 417 games. He led Lake Superior State to the 1988 NCAA Tournament round of 16 in his second season, and the Lakers were 47-10 in his two campaigns at the helm. Geary then embarked on a stellar 17-year stint at Northern Michigan, where his teams compiled a 370-123 record and enjoyed 12 seasons, including eight in succession, with 20 or more victories.
Geary took over a Northern Michigan program that was 9-18 the year before and produced a 24-4 slate in 1988-89. The Wildcats became the first NMU women’s basketball team to play in the NCAA Tournament, the first of 11 national tournament appearances under Geary’s direction. He was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year.
Northern Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight (national quarterfinals) in 1996 and advanced to the national semifinals in 1998. The 1997-98 team collected a school-record 28 wins (28-4) and reached No. 3 in the national rankings. The 1996-97 Wildcats were undefeated in conference play and turned in the best winning percentage (.900, 27-3) in program history, accomplishments that led to Geary’s selection as Coach of the Year by the GLIAC and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
Geary’s Northern Michigan teams captured seven GLIAC Tournament crowns, including four consecutive from 1995 to 1998, and played in seven NCAA regional championship games. His players earned five All-America awards and six GLIAC Most Valuable Player honors.
“Coach Geary’s head coaching experience will be vital to game preparation and in-game adjustments,” La-Force said. “Overall, his coaching style adds another perspective on how to get the best out of our team both on and off the court. He has been a vital piece in assisting every program he has been affiliated with win championships. His familiarity with the A-10 will allow a smooth transition with scouting and preparation.”