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
Wolfpack seeks automatic bids to NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
Samantha George named ACC's Freshman of the Year as both squads place three runners in top 14, giving NC State six combined All-ACC selections.
Geiger-coached cross country runners have earned All-ACC honors 165 times and been named All-America 49 times. His teams have finished in the national top 10 a remarkable 21 times. Three Wolfpack runners - Julie Shea, Betty Springs and Suzie Tuffey - combined to win five individual national championships between them.
In addition, Geiger has won six conference championships in track and field since taking over that program in 1984, giving him a conference-record 39 ACC championship teams. NC State has won 70 ACC team titles since Geiger arrived in 1979. His teams have accounted for 56 percent of those championships. He has won 32 ACC Coach of the Year awards in track and cross country.
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 turned the program over to Henes in 2006.
Geiger's men's cross country teams have won 14 ACC championships, the latest coming in 2009. The men's program has won 11 conference championships in the last 15 years, and 13 in the last 19. 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 2009, it marked the 11th time in a 15-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 and 2009. In all, Geiger has been named the conference coach of the year 27 times in cross country, and an unprecedented 32 times combined in cross country and track and field.
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 exemplified what student-athletes are supposed to be. 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.
This is not a recent trend. Geiger's program has produced numerous Academic All-Americans - including five the last two years - and Wolfpack runners have been regular recipients of the NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Bobby Mack won an NCAA postgraduate 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 14 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, 21, and son, Trey, 19, both of whom are enrolled as students at NC State.