Fifth Season as Co-Head Coach (Eleventh at LSU)
When Dave Geyer was promoted to co-head coach of the LSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs alongside Doug Shaffer in April 2010, he envisioned a pair of teams that could consistently compete among the top 15 in the nation and top five in the Southeastern Conference.
During the 2014-15 season, Geyer lead the program to new heights with eleven women traveling to NCAA Championships. It was the largest group ever taken to NCAA’s for LSU.
After a four-year run that has seen the men’s team break 11 individual and four relay records and the women’s team break 12 individual and five relay records. Geyer, entering his fifth season as head swimming coach, has put the men’s and women’s swimming teams on the map, both nationally and in the SEC.
In addition to the success in the pool, Geyer and Shaffer’s program has excelled in the classroom, as witnessed by 18 student-athletes being named to the 2015 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll. Seven freshmen were also named to the 2015 SEC First Year Honor Roll.
Frank Greeff was a model inside and outside of the pool as an SEC silver medalist, two-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American and LSU’s nominee for the SEC McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship Award. During his senior season, Greeff also set the school record in the 200 fly, second-fastest 200 IM and third-fastest 100 fly time in school history.
Fellow captain Amber Carter also shined in her final season as a Lady Tiger. Carter earned Honorable Mention All-America honors at NCAA Championships in the 100 fly. Carter also tied the school in the event during prelims of NCAA’s. In addition to her performance at NCAA’s, Carter helped set the school record in the 400-medely relay at SEC’s.
Kara Kopcso dominated in the pool for LSU with three individual records, a relay record and an NCAA Honorable Mention All-America honor. Kopcso finished 12th overall in the 200 fly for her All-America performance and school record. The Mandeville, Louisiana native also set records individually in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Prior to his promotion to co-head coach, Geyer spent five seasons as an assistant coach at LSU where he worked with all phases of the programs. He was instrumental in helping numerous athletes shatter program records and earn All-America honors while also playing a vital role in the recruitment of top-level international student-athletes.
In 2008, Geyer trained former LSU standout and Olympian Miko Malberg prior to the Beijing Olympic Games where the former All-American went on to set an Estonian national record in the 50-meter freestyle (22.37) and place 25th overall.
He also traveled to Croatia for the 2008 European Short-Course Championships as a member of the Estonian National coaching staff where he guided Malberg to a pair of national records and helped an Estonian relay qualify for its first championship final at that competition.
Geyer graduated from Shippensburg with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 before receiving his master’s degree in counseling in 2001. He is married to the former Lyndi Croft of State College, Pa. The couple has two daughters, Maddilyn (10) and Kayda (6).
Records and Achievements at LSU
LSU Women’s Highest NCAA Finish Since 1993
LSU Men’s Highest NCAA Finish Since 2005
LSU Women’s Highest SEC Finish Since 2002
LSU Men’s Highest SEC Finish Since 2000
LSU’s Record for Women Sent to NCAA Championships in 2015
6 NCAA First-Team All-Americans
19 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans
23 NCAA Individual Qualifiers
1 SEC Champion
1 SEC Record
7 All-SEC Performers
3 SEC All-Freshmen Performers
2 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship Finalist
17 SEC Medalists
1 FINA World Championships Finalist
42 LSU Records Broken
LSU Women’s Record for Dual-Meet Wins in a Season