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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Media Relations Manager
k_hamilton@howard.edu
202-238-2332

Niki Reid Geckeler Named Head Women's Basketball Coach


WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 1, 2008) – Howard University Director of Athletics Dwight Datcher announced today that Niki Reid Geckeler has been named head of women’s basketball.

"Niki has a terrific professional reputation and a proven track record of winning at the collegiate level," Datcher said. "I'm excited to have her on board."

Reid Geckeler comes to Howard after 10 years at Georgetown University, where she served as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and academic advisor with the women's basketball team. During her tenure, the Hoyas reached the Big East Championship game in 2005 and made three Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearances. Under her steady leadership, Reid Geckeler she had eight players who earned BIG EAST All-Academic honors.

"I'm excited about joining the Howard family," expressed Reid Geckeler. "This is a tremendous opportunity and I'm honored to be part of such a historic university with a storied program."

During the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, Reid Geckeler served as the associate head coach at Fordham. Two players, Mobolaji Akiode and Monica Mack, were named Atlantic-10 Most Improved Player during her tenure.

"Niki has been an important part of the Georgetown family for a long time and she will be missed," said Terri Williams-Flournoy, Head Coach, Georgetown Women’s Basketball. "With that said, she has worked hard and certainly deserves her first head coaching opportunity. Howard is getting a great coach."

In addition to her coaching accolades, Reid Geckeler was also a standout student-athlete at Georgetown. She was a four-year starter at point guard and upon graduating in 1993 with a degree in psychology, she left the Hoya women's basketball program as the school's leader in assists and three-point field goal percentage.

About Howard University

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African- American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.Howard.edu.

 

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