Courtesy of Cal State Monterey Bay Sports Information
SEASIDE, Calif.— Former Northern Arizona men's basketball player Nate Geiser has been tabbed the top assistant at Cal State Monterey Bay, announced today by head coach Rob Bishop; a former NAU men's assistant coach from 2002-08.
Geiser played collegiately at NAU in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Bishop's last two seasons in Flagstaff before leaving to take the reins of the Otter program. The Lumberjacks advanced to the Big Sky Conference championship game both of Geiser's seasons with the team.
"The two years I played for Coach Bishop, I not only wanted to be a coach but I wanted to be a coach on his staff," says Geiser. "He helped me see that coaching at the college level isn't just about the game on the court; there are so many aspects off the court that are just as important.
Geiser set a Big Sky Conference record by making 11 consecutive 3-pointers from Dec. 19, 30, 2006.
"Things like staying on top of the players academics, making sure they graduate and are being great role models in the community are all things he emphasizes and that I believe in as well."
"I'm excited to bring Nate aboard as my new head assistant," says Bishop. "Since we use many of the same teaching fundamentals here that we did at NAU Nate's transition on the court will be very smooth.
"I was fortunate to have recruited and coached Nate at NAU and look forward to the many experiences he will bring to our team. He is a strong recruiter who relates well to players and coaches. Nate is going to be a big key to our future success at CSUMB."
Geiser made 61 appearances and 40 starts during his collegiate career. One of the top long–range shooters in Lumberjack history, he set a Big Sky Conference record by knocking down 11 consecutive 3–pointers from Dec. 19–30, 2006.
A 2008 NAU graduate with a B.S. in advertising and a minor in public relations, Geiser excelled in the classroom. He was a two–time Big Sky All–Academic selection and a 2008 CoSIDA Academic All–America nominee.
The Tonkawa, Okla. native joins the CSUMB program after serving as director of the Wellness Center and student activities coordinator at Northern Oklahoma College, where he began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant in 2008.