The Arizona Wildcats are bringing former basketball player Reggie Geary back to Tucson, announcing Wednesday that he has been hired as the UA’s new Director of Development.
Geary played at Arizona from 1993 to 1996 and later returned as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season. In his new role, Geary will “assist in the development and fundraising efforts of the Wildcat Club” per a UA release.
“Reggie has a tremendous history and connection with our athletics department and the University of Arizona that fuels his passion for being a Wildcat,” UA athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “The mission of Arizona Athletics is to educate and develop student-athletes into the future leaders of our community, and Reggie is an embodiment of that experience. His years of dedication to the Block A are a great fit with our Wildcat Club as we continue to provide a championship-caliber experience for all of our student-athletes.”
Here are some more details of Geary’s past via the UA press release:
With business and coaching experience, Geary returns to Tucson following an eight-year stint as a professional coach in Japan where was the head coach of the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins and the Chiba Jets. The Southern California native was a member of coaching staffs at SMU, Arizona and the NBA Development League prior to coaching in Japan.
Geary was a three-time captain of the Arizona Wildcats for Lute Olson and a part of two Pac-10 championships. The guard was an All-Pac-10 selection and member of Arizona’s 1994 Final Four team while still ranking in the top ten of the career record books in steals and assists. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft, playing for the Spurs a year later. Geary continued his professional playing career in the CBA and in Europe.