HU Women's Basketball Coach Heads To Next Endeavor

After a stellar five years as the Head Coach of the Howard University women's basketball team, Niki Reid Geckeler (Coach G) departs for a position at Towson University.

Howard University's Coach 'G' talks with a referee during a women's basketball game..

"First, I must thank you President Ribeau, Louis "Skip" Perkins, the athletics support staff, and Howard family and friends for their support and commitment over the last five years," said Coach G.  "Most importantly, I want to thank the student-athletes of this amazing program for their loyalty, hard work on and off the court."
The stats:  Over the course of five years, Coach G has taken a 4-26 (2007-08) program to two 20+ wins season, two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship game appearances, two post-season appearances, while coaching two MEAC Player of Year student-athletes, the All-Time leading scorer in the MEAC and at Howard, multiple 1,000+ scorers, rebounders and assist leaders, and multiple MEAC Player of the Week student-athletes.  Coach's final record was 85-76. 
"Coach G has been a phenomenal force in Howard Athletics," said Howard Director of Athletics Louis "Skip" Perkins.  "She has completely turned the Lady Bison program around both academically and athletically.  I am proud to have seen her success and wish her the very best at Towson."
Coach G will not be alone in her new career venture, as assistant coaches Brian Johnson and James Simmons will be joining her at Towson.

Coach G departs with this final message to Howard family, friends and fans:

"In everything I do, my goal is to make it better and that was my goal here at Howard," said Coach G.  "We have seen Howard women's basketball grow and develop during my time here.  With the help of my student-athletes we have definitely set the bar for Howard women's basketball.  But outside of that, the greatest accomplishment was the family we created.  The bond that the student-athletes share with one another, as well as the mother-daughter bond I share with each of my student-athletes over the years."

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