KENT: The Kent State women’s basketball program has added nine-year NCAA Division I veteran assistant Geoff Lanier to its coaching staff, first-year head coach Danielle O’Banion announced Tuesday (May 1).
"The opportunity to come to Kent State and work with Coach O'Banion is something that I am very excited about, both personally and professionally,” said Lanier. “Kent State women's basketball has been the benchmark for excellence in the Mid-American Conference, and with Danielle leading the program I have no doubt the Golden Flashes will soon be there again.”
Lanier spent the last four seasons as recruiting coordinator at Boston College after spending four years as an assistant coach in the Mid-American Conference with stints at Akron and Ohio.
"We're very fortunate to attract a coach of Geoff Lanier's caliber to Kent State,” said O’Banion. He has a tremendous track record of success in the ACC and in the MAC. Coach Lanier will make an immediate impact at Kent both on the recruiting trail and in mentoring our post players."
Lanier helped Boston College land the nation’s 11th-ranked recruiting class in 2010. During his time in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Lanier headed up Boston College’s post player development which yielded an All-America selection and WNBA top-15 draft pick in center Carolyn Swords and helped the Eagles rank among the nation’s top teams in scoring offense, field goal percentage and rebound margin.
Lanier spent two seasons on the bench at Ohio and three at Akron. He helped oversee Ohio’s best single-season turnaround in program history, helping the Bobcats blossom from a nine-wind squad in 2005-06 to an 18-win team in 2006-07. Ohio advanced to the MAC Championship Game in 2008 – its first title game appearance in 22 years.
"My family and I are excited about returning to northeast Ohio and becoming a part of the Golden Flashes family,” said Lanier. “Throughout my coaching career, 'who I work with' has always been more important than 'where I work'. In coming to Kent State and working with Danielle, I truly have the best of both worlds."
Lanier also brings experience as a head coach to the table. He compiled a record of 109-49 - including a school-record 27 victories in 2002-03 – while serving as the head coach at North Dakota State College of Science from 1998-03. A three-time Region Coach of the Year, Lanier guided his squad to National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region XIII championships in three of his last four seasons. In addition to his women's basketball head coaching duties, Lanier also was the Director of Athletes at NDSCS.
Lanier was the top assistant at the University of Chicago from 1996-98. He was in charge of organizing team travel, recruiting and was also the assistant facilities coordinator. His coaching career began with a two-run run as an assistant coach at Washington College in Maryland.
A native of Connecticut, Lanier earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Southern Connecticut State and has a master's degree in psychology from Washington College. He and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Madison.