Men and Women to Host Annual Meet at WakeMed Course
The Pack's pursuit of ACC titles is set to begin in September
The Williamsburg, Va., native became the first runner to receive the award in a majority vote conducted by ACC coaches
Andrew Colley earns All-America honors with a 16th place finish
Three men's and two women's runners claim All-Region accolades, while Andrew Colley earns individual bid to NCAA Championships
Greatness Under Geiger
In addition, Geiger has won six conference championships in track and field since taking over that program in 1984, giving him a conference-record 40 ACC championship teams. NC State has won 70 ACC team titles since Geiger arrived in 1979.
Geiger turned over the NC State women's team to Laurie Henes in 2006, but not before Geiger-coached women's teams finished among the top 10 at the AIAW or NCAA Championships 15 times, winning it all in 1979 and 1980. The Pack finished second in 1978, 1987 and 2001, and posted third-place finishes in 1983, 1984 and 1985. The women won seven consecutive ACC championships from 1987-93 and won 20 of 26 ACC titles from the time women's cross country was added as a championship sport in 1978 until Geiger handed over the reins to Henes.
Geiger's men's cross country teams have won 15 ACC championships, the latest coming in 2011. The men's program has won 12 conference championships in the last 17 years, and 14 in the last 21. At the national level, Geiger's men's teams have earned nine national top 10 finishes,including an eighth-place finish in 1998, a third-place finish in 1999,a ninth-place finish in 2001, and a 10th-place finish in 2003.
In tandem with one another, NC State's men's and women's cross country teams have come to define the sport in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1991, Geiger led both teams to ACC championships, the first time any ACC school won both the men's and women's championships in the same year. His teams repeated their ACC dual titles in 1992, then went on a run of absolute dominance, winning both the men's and women's championships six times in eight years - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002. With Geiger leading the men and Henes coaching the women, the Wolfpack won its ninth dual conference championship in 2006, giving NC State nine dual ACC championships in a span of 16 years.
When Geiger was named ACC Men's Coach of the Year in 2011, it marked the 12th time in a 16-year span he had been named ACC Coach of the Year for either the men, women, or both. He was men's and/or women's coach of the year eight years in a row, from 1995-2002, and has since been been conference coach of the year in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011. In all, Geiger has been named the conference coach of the year 28 times in cross country, and an unprecedented 32 times combined in cross country and track and field.
Adding to Geiger's greatness, the 2013 season marked the third consecutive year a Wolfpack runner has earned the ACC Performer of the Year award. Ryan Hill won the award in 2011, while Andrew Colley was the back-to-back recipient in 2012 and 2013.
In 1987, the Cross Country Journal recognized NC State as having the nation's outstanding collegiate cross country program. The Wolfpack programs earned that distinction with their second-place finish in the women's NCAA Championships, and a fifth-place finish at the men's nationals.
In the classroom, Geiger's runners have embodied the definition of student-athletes. The men's and women's cross country teams each earned Academic All-America status from the United States Cross Country Coaches Association in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The women's teams also earned the distinction in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Wolfpack runners have also been regular recipients of the NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Bobby Mack won the scholarship in 2008-09, and John Crews, Stephen Furst and Tibor Vegh all won NCAA postgraduate scholarships in 2007-08. Fourteen NC State cross country runners have won the NCAA scholarship in the last 16 years. Previous winners in that time include Beth Kraft, Katie Sabino, Chris Seaton, Kristin Price, Kristen Hall, Joe Wirgau, Robbie Howell, Chan Pons, Amy Beykirch and Christy Nichols.
Following the 1991-92 season, All-America runner David Honea received the prestigious Walter Byers Award as the nation's premier scholar-athlete, in addition to the Jim Weaver Award and the National Science Fellowship Award for his academic accomplishments. All-American Laurie Gomez-Henes won the ACC's Marie James Scholarship as well as an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Well-known on the national level, Geiger coached at the Olympic Festival and in 1987 was named coach of the U.S. National Team for the World Cross Country Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been a featured speaker at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and a member of the U.S. Olympic Development Committee for distance running.
Prior to coming to Raleigh, Geiger led a very successful prep program at Bradenton (Fla.) High School. A graduate of Kent State University, he was a three-time letterwinner in track and cross country, and majored in health education and psychology. Kent State's Varsity K Hall of Fame honored Geiger as the distinguished alumnus in its inductee class of 2008.
Geiger is married to the former Betty Springs, one of the finest runners in NC State history. She was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. They have a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Trey.