After five years as the head coach of the Howard University women’s basketball team, Niki Reid Geckeler has departed for the head coaching position at Towson University.

Over the course of five years, Geckeler, known by her players as “Coach G,” has taken a team with a 4-26 overall record in 2007-08 to multiple 20-plus-win seasons, two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship game appearances, and two post-season appearances. She coached two MEAC Player of Year student-athletes, the all-time leading scorer both in the MEAC and at Howard, as well as multiple 1,000-plus scorers, rebounders and assist leaders, and multiple MEAC Player of the Week student-athletes.

Geckler’s final record at Howard is 85-76.

“In everything I do, my goal is to make it better and that was my goal here at Howard,” Geckeler said.

“We have seen Howard women’s basketball grow and develop during my time here,” she said. “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.”

Geckeler will not be alone in her new career venture, as assistant coaches Brian Johnson and James Simmons will join her at Towson.

“‘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.”


Ariel V. Germain

AFRO Staff Writers