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Geckeler named Towson’s head women’s basketball coach

Niki GeckelerNiki Geckeler, formerly with Howard University where she coached consecutive 20-plus win seasons, is the new head coach of women’s basketball at Towson University.

“We went in search of a coach that would possess the characteristics needed to build the Towson women’s basketball program into a perennial force in the CAA,” says Athletic Director Mike Waddell.

“Niki is just that person … a leader and a winner. She has shown leadership throughout her career as both a player and now as a coach. With her energy and passion for the game, she has recruited great students and athletes and transformed them into championship programs. We are very fortunate to welcome her to Towson.”

Geckeler amassed 85 career wins at Howard, including 44 in the last two seasons.¬†Under her guidance, the Bison went to the WNIT and the Women’s Basketball Invitational, the first postseason bids in program history.

Equally committed to her student-athletes’ academic success, at Howard she maintained a 100 percent graduation rate and helped eight student-athletes earn spots on the MEAC All-Academic team.

“I would like to thank Mike Waddell and the Towson family for naming me the new head women’s basketball coach,” says Geckeler. “What an honor it is to lead a group of great young women to new heights. Mr. Waddell’s vision, passion and enthusiasm for Tiger athletics is one that I admire.

“I look forward to reigniting the excitement which will become synonymous with lady Tiger basketball,” she adds. “Through hard work, commitment and discipline we will restore the roar.”

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