Geary Named Outstanding Alumni Achiever

Oct. 16, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball assistant coach Reggie Geary was named the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Achiever by the UA Black Alumni.

Geary, a Wildcat letterwinner from 1992-96, received the recognition from UABA. He returned to his alma mater on May 28 as a member of the coaching staff after serving as the head coach of the National Basketball Association's Development League for nearly two seasons.

'I'm honored to be recognized by UA Black Alumni,' said Geary. 'It's always rewarding to be noticed, but when it comes from your alma mater, that just makes it more special.'

His foray into coaching came after a highly successful eight-year professional playing career that took him around the world. A second-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft, Geary played two seasons in the NBA and averaged 2.1 points, 1.1 assists and 9.2 minutes per game in 101 career games played 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 Israel, Portugal, France and the Ukraine. His closed his playing career in 2003-04 with B.C. Kiev in the Ukraine. Additionally, Geary served as an NBA/NBDL Ambassador in Argentina and Brazil in 2001.

He received his B.A. in political science in 2005.

UABA was founded in 1982 to promote academic excellence among Black students at the university, provide financial and mentoring support to qualified and deserving students, and develop linkages with alumni and supporters in the professional and business community.

Geary will be honored at the UABA Homecoming Reception, Friday, Oct. 24, at the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. 2nd Street. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, please call (520) 626-9455.

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